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Minas' story

Minas, 11 years old, can use her left hand

Minas is 11 years old, Syrian girl, born in an happy family consisted of 5 members, her mother and father and 2 sisters. Mina’s life in Syria was beautiful and smooth until she reached the age of 3 years old. Minas was enjoying her life until one day, she had a motorcycle accident with her father and unfortunately she lost her left thumb.

Her parents tried to find medical treatment among Syrian doctors who finally told them that there was nothing to be done.

In 2011, the Syrian war conflict broke out Minas had very hard time as her father died before her eyes and the family. In 2013, Minas’mother was unfortunately obliged to flee towards Jordan. As a refugee single mother, she faced serious challenges upon her arrival in Jordan and forced to find basic life support, shelter, a job and of course, medical care for Minas, so she won’t keep feeling different from her sisters and any other young girls.

After 2 surgeries, Minas can use her left hand

In 2017, Minas’mother heard about La Chaîne de l’Espoir surgical missions through Syrian "Facebook community" and contacted the medical team in Jordan where Minas was rapidly registered and selected as a upper-limb orthopedic patient. She started her treatment in February 2018 with Dr. Rui Ferreira, Brazilian orthopedic surgeon specialized in hand surgery who is part of the volunteer medical teams of La Chaîne de l’Espoir. Dr Rui Ferreira conducted 2 surgeries, the first one was in February 2018, toe to thumb transfer. The 2nd one was in April 2019 in order to make the thumb fully functional.

Today, Minas can use her left hand, grab anything and simply using it like any other child.

Her mother stated : "It was my dream come true, to see Minas start using her left hand as a normal person".

And she added : "Minas wants to become a Dentist".

For the last 7 years, La Chaîne de l’Espoir has come to the aid of refugee children and vulnerable Jordanians thanks to the help and financial support of The European Union - Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).