A Palestinian boy who lost a leg after being shot by an Israeli soldier has been learning to walk again in the US, reported ABC News.
Eleven-year-old Abdulrahman Nofal “took his first steps Wednesday in Ohio”, after putting on his new prosthetic leg.
Nofal was shot with live ammunition by Israeli forces during protests in the occupied Gaza Strip on 17 April. After being transferred to a hospital in Ramallah, doctors were forced to amputate his leg.
Three weeks ago, reported ABC News, Nofal was brought to the US to get better medical assistance with his injury, supported by the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF).
Yanke Bionics, an orthopaedic and prosthetic services provider in Ohio, provided Abdulrahman with a prosthetic and free treatment.
According to the boy’s hosts, Nofal is “doing great”, is in school, and “likes swimming a lot”.
Since the Great Return March protests began in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip on 30 March, thousands of Palestinians have been shot with live ammunition, leaving the embattled health care system in the blockaded territory struggling to cope.
Dozens of Palestinians have required amputations of upper or lower limbs as a result of their injuries.