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Published: Saturday August 16, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday August 16, 2014 MYT 7:48:04 AM

Delay in treatment worrying

CAIRO: Despite the many wounded Palestinians who have been evacuated to Egypt for treatment, countless more are left behind.

Not that those being treated in Egypt are much better off.

Many of them, like 19-year-old Ghassan Salem Abu Azab, warded at the Palestine Hospital, suffer from permanent disabling wounds.

With his right leg severed at the knee, his left broken in several places and an abdominal fistula, Ghassan is numb with pain.

Both of Ghassan’s hands are swathed in bandages, his fingertips turning gangrenous before medical personnel inserted K-wire into the fingers to help heal the fractures.

His uncle Salameh Abu Azab, 50, explained that his nephew was waiting for prayers at a mosque in Khan Younis when an Israeli airstrike hit the mosque.

“His brother died instantly and many others were injured,” said Salameh.

“Many of the wounds suffered by victims are dispersed on the lower limbs and lower abdominal region.

“Quite a number have had amputations. But if we can fit them with good prostheses and provide good rehabilitation programmes, they can regain much of their previous physical ability,” said Sungai Buloh Hospital director Dr Khalid Ibrahim, one of the Kelab Putera 1Malaysia mission’s participating doctors

The other worry, however, was limb fractures, especially open fractures. he said.

“The wounds are open to the elements, and the period of time between the wounds being inflicted till the patient’s treatment is crucial,” he added.

Seven-year-old Muhamad Ismail al-Battsh, warded at the Nasser Institute, is one of the luckier ones as he only has bomb fragments lodged in his lower lung lobe and in the left elbow joint.

One of the medical leaders of the mission, Doctor Mohamad Kassim Abdul Rahim, said he would be accompanying one of the groups of Palestinian patients sent to Malaysia for treatment.

Another victim Rahmy Zuhur, 19, also managed to survive relatively intact, although he would have difficulty moving his left arm in future.

Dr Muhamad Kassim said for those whom the mission was unable to fly over for treatment, KP1M would be working with a local organisation, The Palestinian Grouping for Change and Develop–ment, to channel aid such as prostheses and other care items.

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