Any Syrians who make their way to the clinic in Reyhanli can receive free treatment and prosthetics.
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Omar Sheikhhamdu hoists himself up on prosthetic limbs and takes his first halting steps since a Syrian airstrike tore off his legs nearly a year ago.The clinic does not ask whether patients are fighters or civilians, but Raid al-Masri, the director of the center, says around 40 percent of the 370 patients it has treated in the last year are women and children.An estimated 130,000 people have been killed in Syria's war, and if there were a reliable tally for the number of wounded it would likely far exceed that number.One man, just 22 years old, lost both legs and an arm in a rocket attack in Aleppo six months ago.It takes at least four months after the last surgery before a patient can even be fitted with prosthetic limbs, after which months of physical therapy are needed. Sheikhhamdu, who lost one leg below the groin and the other above the knee, seems to take to the new limbs, at least as long as he holds onto the bars.
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