Empowering 80 people with disabilities in Iraq

by Operation Mercy
Empowering 80 people with disabilities in Iraq

Project Report | May 11, 2024
New Steps

By Steven Smalley | Project Supervisor

Today’s story is about Ziyad. 

Ziyad is 4 years old and has Trisomy 21, as well as a paralysis in his legs. He lives in a camp for displaced people in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. The first day our team met him, he didn’t have any control over his body or his movements. He was always laying on the ground. But after doing regular follow ups for about a year now, Ziyad is now able to sit and stand for up to two to three seconds. He has also learned to crawl on his tummy and to walk on all fours. His mother has been very encouraging, and she has been doing the exercises with him regularly. It brings her great joy to see her son improve day after day. We'd like to see him be able to take steps by himself. Once he’s reached this goal, we’d like to provide him with braces for both his legs so that he can learn to walk by himself. 

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Operation Mercy

Location: Orebro - Sweden
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Project Leader:
Steven Smalley
Orebro , Sweden

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