Physical therapist Daniel Odhiambo takes time to explain to Solomon how he will learn to use his new prosthetic limb at the Physical Rehabilitation and Reference Center in Juba, South Sudan, June 28, 2017. Thomson Reuters/Stefanie Glinskin
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Solomon was just 7 years old when he woke up missing a leg.For weeks later, Solomon was back on two feet with the aid of an artificial leg, fitted at a hectic hospital and limb-making factory in the South Sudanese capital of Juba.The hospital is in horribly high demand in a country born of war that remains littered with mines and explosive devices, with civil war still raging all around.Solomon came to his first artificial limb after an open fracture turned into a life-threatening infection, which forced doctors to amputate.When he woke from surgery in a remote hospital in South Sudan's Bentiu, he was far away from the capital with little chance of rehabilitation or help adjusting to his new life.It is the country's biggest hospital for prosthetic orthotic treatment, treating about 30 patients a day.Making a limb – from melting the plasticlike polypropylene to shaping it into a leg – is a quick process in the hospital's small, modern factory and can all be done within a day.Simon has been coming to the hospital for several months and can still vividly recall the day he was attacked, when several bullets were shot through his leg.
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