After an explosion, a second chance at childhood

There’s more to be seen than 14 seconds of a girl undergoing physiotherapy to relearn how to use a spoon in the video.

Shazima is an Afghan girl in Khost province and a victim who mistook a grenade for a toy when she played with her sibling. In the scene captured in a therapy session, we can see that she’s been given a prosthetic arm and support to learn how to use a spoon.

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However, before the incident that led Shazima to lose both hands, she was helping her family take care of the cattle on their ranch. Now, her family tries their best to support Shazima the best way they can even though her father suffered a similar fate 30 years ago when he had his hand amputated.

Described by her physiotherapist as ‘collaborative’, ‘quick’, and ‘flexible’, she is seen to respond unexpectedly well, for a child, to physiotherapy that initially required her to go through 2 weeks of rehabilitation and recovery in a physical rehabilitation centre (PRC). Shazima is now strong to be independent of medication despite sustaining mental pain from the tragic event.

Shazima is now free to visit the physical rehabilitation centre (PRC) every 3 months to fit and replace her prosthesis as she gradually grows. She has been enrolled in the local school and given free school supplies – supported by ICRC, in addition to free medical coverage and physiotherapy sessions.

Source : Icrc