Qusay, 14: “I don't have to depend on anyone”

  • Emergency
  • Rehabilitation
  • Explosive weapons
  • Jordan
  • Syria

Eloquent, determined and mature beyond his 14 years, Qusay is coping with losing both his legs in an air strike in Syria. His progress is an inspiration to everyone he meets.

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Qusay standing tall on his new prosthetic legs, Jordan
Qusay standing tall on his new prosthetic legs, Jordan

Say HI to an extraordinary child. Say hello to Qusay.

Eloquent, determined and mature beyond his 14 years, Qusay is coping with losing both his legs in an air strike in Syria.

“I was sitting outside my home when it happened,” explains Qusay. “The air raid started and it all happened so fast I didn’t have time to realise what was going on. I don’t remember everything clearly. When I came round, I was lying on the floor, two people spotted me, ran over and took me straight to hospital.”

Qusay’s injuries were so serious he had to be transferred to another hospital in northern Jordan, where he was operated on six times and was bedridden for six weeks.

According to Handicap International physiotherapist Salam, a lot has changed since she started doing sessions with Qusay last year, and Qusay confirms it: “I can go to the market again, wash myself, and cope alone. I don’t have to depend on anyone,” he smiles.

“I’ve gone from four legs to two,” he adds, looking at his crutches propped in a corner of the room. “It’s very difficult to learn to walk after a double amputation,” adds Salam.

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Photos © Benoit Almeras / Handicap International

“He doesn’t want us to feel sorry for him,” says Sana, his mother. “And he never gives up, that’s probably what makes me most proud of him.”

Qusay looks at the floor and smiles, a little embarrassed by all the attention. But whether he knows it or not, his progress is an inspiration to everyone he meets.

Soon Qusay will be able to go back to school. “I’d like to be a poet,” he says. “I discovered poetry at school. My favourite poems are about wisdom and life.” Qusay is so determined and his goals are so wonderful that it seems unlikely they won’t come true one day.

Handicap International teams are working tirelessly to improve the lives and prospects of disabled people in conflict and disaster zones around the world – but there are many more children like Qusay who desperately need our expert help.

Disabled and injured people often find themselves isolated, left behind and struggling to access education and essential services.

Your support, combined with our expertise, can have a massive impact by providing the essential, frontline care needed by children like Qusay.

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Your gift today could go towards providing artificial limbs, walking aids and physiotherapy to disabled children in need of support. Your donation will go to countries where we provide disabled people with essential rehabilitation care, including Nepal, Jordan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thank you.

Published 08/06/16

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