Magazine article Geographical

MSF Treats Syrian Wounded

Magazine article Geographical

MSF Treats Syrian Wounded

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As the conflict in Syria intensifies, Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders is treating an increasing number of wounded Syrians who have fled from the conflict.

At our free hospital in Amman, Jordan, 70 Syrians are currently receiving medical care for bullet wounds and torture injuries. So many new patients are arriving that a specialised trauma unit reserved for Syrians will open shortly.

"The conflict in Syria is intensifying and working inside the country is extremely difficult," says Antoine Foucher, MSF director in Jordan, "which is why MSF is providing treatment to wounded Syrians who have managed to cross the border into Jordan. We've increased capacity by 45% since the Syrian crisis began and we'll have to expand again."

Most of the patients are traumatised, and many fear for the safety of their families in Syria if they are identified.

"I was injured by a bullet that went right through my chest and came out of my back," says one Syrian patient, who wishes to remain anonymous. "I spent four days in a coma. It pierced my right lung, my liver, my gall bladder, my intestine and damaged my sciatic nerve. …

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