“Since her accident, Nisreen hasn’t gone to school, even though she loves to study. She hates people staring.”
Early on in the Syrian War, Nisreen’s family lived under siege. Life under siege is extremely difficult, and basic necessities such as gas to heat your home is a struggle to find. Many families purchase cheap fuel, often at the risk that it may explode, just to keep warm.
Nisreen was sat next to the heater when an airstrike hit a house on the road parallel to theirs. The impact caused the heater to explode, badly burning Nisreen.
Her family immediately tried to take her to the hospital, but as the area was under siege, they were not allowed out. Her family had to take a dangerous, secret route out of their neighborhood. Their lives were at threat taking this route, but they were desperate to get medical attention for their daughter.
The hospital was very busy treating the many injured in fighting at that time, and doctors rushed her treatment. Since her treatment in Syria, Nisreen hasn’t had any further medical attention. The family left Syria in the hope of finding safety, and they realized that medical treatment was far too expensive in Lebanon for them to able to afford to help Nisreen.
UNHCR referred Nisreen’s case to INARA. Doctors at the American University of Beirut Medical Center found that the scar tissue is particularly tight on her skin and could cause future problems as she gets older. Therefore doctors recommended a skin transfer. They would take skin from her neck and place it on her face.
A happier and healthier future for Nisreen
Nisreen loves to draw. When she’s in the INARA office, she draws us a beautiful picture of a princess. We hope that, following this treatment, Nisreen will have the confidence to go back to school and continue her studies.