3-year-old Hamad regains mobility

Three-year-old Hamad is from Syria. After fighting broke out in his country, his family took refuge in Jordan. Last year, Hamad was injured at home, leaving him with severe burns and unable to move his fingers. Since then, our teams have been providing him with rehabilitation care.

A 3-year-old boy from Syria plays with a balloon with an HI physical therapist in Jordan.

“I was heating water to wash my children,” Hamad’s mother Nada tells our team in Jordan. “Hamad was still very young and he wasn’t watching where he was going. He tripped and tipped the pan of boiling water over himself. I heard him scream and immediately ran to him.” Nada wipes the tears from her eyes. Although it was several months ago now, just talking about the accident is still very hard for her.

When Abdul Rahman, a physical therapist with HI arrives at Hamad’s home, he finds three-year-old Hamad and his brothers watching cartoons and smiling at one another. To see him now, you would never have guessed that a year ago, he had to spend nearly a month in intensive care at a hospital in Amman, Jordan.

His mother Nada explains that immediately following his accident, Hamad was rushed to the hospital with serious burns. Over the next few weeks, although doctors did everything they could to help him recover, he still had difficulties moving his hands. “He began doing rehabilitation exercises at the hospital, but once he got home it was difficult for us to keep on going back again,” Nada continues. “We live far away from the center and we don’t have enough money to pay for public transportation. The doctor recommended Handicap International. He said your organization would help us.”

As the physical therapist begins a series of physical therapy exercises with the boy, he explains, "We immediately began to provide at-home rehabilitation care for Hamad. And when we can’t be here, we cover the family’s travel costs so they can come to the center. This financial support is vital. Without it, a lot of people simply wouldn’t be able to receive physical therapy. This is especially true for refugees in Jordan who are, in general, particularly vulnerable.”

“The doctor told me my son had to have rehabilitation care if he was to regain full mobility in his hands,” Nada adds. “So I pay close attention when Abdul Rahman explains the exercises I need to do with Hamad each day.” “It’s really important that parents get involved when we’re helping a child recover,” Abdul Rahman says. “Hamad will need a few more sessions before he can move his hands again properly, but I’m not worried about him. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t get better now. Nada is helping her son with his rehabilitation exercises and he never makes a fuss about doing them.”

Before he leaves, Abdul Rahman blows up one of the plastic gloves he uses during his physical therapy sessions and draws a smiley face on it. The boy giggles when he sees his new toy. It should help to keep him busy until his next rehabilitation session.