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Russian doctors restore Syrian boy’s ability to walk after he tripped mine

Ahmad Al-Issa Mahmoud, 12, lost his leg last year

MOSCOW, April 23. /TASS/. Doctors in Moscow have restored a Syrian boy’s ability to walk after he had tripped a mine and lost his leg, Russian Investigative Committee Spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko told reporters on Tuesday.

"Thanks to the efforts of the Russian doctors, twelve-year old Ahmad Al-Issa Mahmoud, who lost his leg last year having tripped a mine in Syria, has taken his first independent steps," she said. He was playing football with his friends when the explosion went off.

According to Petrenko, during their visit to Syria senior aide of the Russian Investigative Committee head Igor Komissarov and director of the Research Institute of Emergency Children's Surgery and Traumatology Valery Mitish visited a military hospital in Damascus. There, Ahmad’s mother addressed them asking for help, as at the moment the boy was in critical condition with complications, there was a risk of losing the second leg as well. Taking the doctors’ opinions into account, a decision was made to transfer the boy to Moscow for treatment.

The Russian side quickly resolved the passport and plane ticket issues. In Moscow, the Doctor Roshal’s Clinic specialists started a difficult surgical treatment. Their professionalism helped to save the boy’s leg. Orthopedic bioengineers manufactured a special prosthetic leg for the boy to walk independently and doctors are optimistic about his future recovery.