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“I love winter,” eight year old Bisan tells us. “In summer, when I wear t-shirts people look at the burns on my arm. But in winter it’s cold and so I can cover my arms with long sleeves.”

The day her brother was born

Six years ago, in the early days of the war in Syria, Bisan’s mother went into labor. The whole family were so excited that a new child would be arriving. Bisan’s father stayed with the rest of the family so he could look after his children, while his wife and his mother-in-law went to the hospital.

Bisan was so excited to meet her new baby brother that she was a huge ball of energy. While she was jumping around in their home, she knocked a kettle of boiling tea over herself, badly burning her arm. Her family rushed her to the same hospital that her brother was being born in. Luckily Bisan doesn’t remember the accident much these days, but she does remember that she gained the biggest gift: her baby brother.

As she was getting treatment, the war in Syria escalated where they lived. “Our village was under constant bombardment,” her father explains. “We left to stay with relatives in a nearby city. When we returned our home had been destroyed. It was like we lost a life that day.”

After they lost their home, the family fled Syria to seek safety in Lebanon. Bisan never completed her treatment at the hospital, and the family were far too poor in Lebanon to be able to afford treatment. After years, the scarring on her arm has formed hard rope-like knots that restrict her ability to move properly.

How we can help

The family were told about INARA a few months ago. We introduced Bisan to our team of doctors at the American University of Beirut Medical Center who examined her and stated that she would need a scar revision surgery in order to restore full mobility to her arm.

Bisan loves going to school. She is in grade three at the moment and her favorite lesson is French. She dreams of becoming a French teacher in the future. “When I go back to my country I want to help all the little children in Syria by teaching them,” she tells us with a grin on her face.

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