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Jordan: "The war in Syria did not leave us much hope"

15 Jul 2016

Erfan Amari is 35 years old and comes from Daraa, Syria. “I had a severe leg injury by a shell that was dropped on my village (Namer) in Daraa. It happened towards the end of 2012. I only arrived to Médecins Sans Frontières' hospital in Amman, Jordan last month. My injury did not heal throughout the years following it, and I did not receive a proper medical attention I needed. My injury was caused by splinters, and my foot had to be amputated two years after the incident, due to a major infection, that is still being treated till now.

I was hospitalized immediately to a field hospital in Syria, where the wound was surface-cleaned only. A few months later, I left to Jordan accompanied by my wife, and we headed to Al Zaatari Syrian Refugees Camp. My suffering continued there, which unfortunately led to my foot being amputated in 2014, due to being diagnosed with an antibiotics resistant severe infection. I was expecting the pain to go away after the surgery, but I started to feel it again a few days later.  I met a doctor from Médecins Sans Frontières during his visit to Al Zaatari Camp, and he told me about the possibility of having my case treated, and having the inflammation contained. I was approved for treatment at the Médecins Sans Frontières' hospital early June 2016, and there started another treatment process. It began with a deep cleaning for the wound, and a treatment with antibiotics, which the bacteria was not resistant to, and there is a possibility for another surgical intervention to contain the infection. 

"It began with a deep cleaning for the wound, and a treatment with antibiotics, which the bacteria was not resistant to, and there is a possibility for another surgical intervention to contain the infection"

The war in Syria did not leave us much hope; all I hope for is for my leg to be saved, so I can reunite with my Family at Al Zaatari camp. The living circumstances there are extremely difficult, and they need me by their side.” Doctor. Nagham Al Khafaji – Medical manager at Médecins Sans Frontières: “we have seen a lot of improvement in Erfan`s case. The blood Sugar levels were stabilized, and the bacteria`s resistance for antibiotics has decreased as a result. These bacteria we diagnosed in Erfan`s case, is extremely difficult to deal with, as it tends to hide itself for a while, and re-appear again. We have, however, witnessed some clear improvement signs, and a decrease in the antibiotics level of resistance.” 

 

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