“I lost hope, money, time, even my home in Syria,” Sami’s father explains. “But after contacting INARA, I don’t feel lonely anymore.”
In the last few days of winter, Sami and his siblings were feeling cold at night. His mother put the electric heater on next to her children, and turned the light off to left them warm up while sleeping. A few hours later, she was woken by the smell of smoke. She came into her children’s room to find the heater had caused a fire. Sami was covered in flames. His mother burnt her hands desperately trying to put out the flames.
Sami had third degree burns on his face, chest and hands. He was hospitalized for two months following this horrible day. “We spent all our money keeping him in the hospital,” his father explains. “Just as we were starting to see improvements, we ran out of money, and were forced to discharge him early.”
Sami has been traumatized by what happened to him. “He used to dream of being a doctor, but it’s as though all his dreams have disappeared since he was burnt,” his father explains. “All we want is for him to get better.”
When we first met him, we introduced him to Dr Ghassan Abu Sittah at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. He said that Sami will need several surgeries over the coming years because the burns are so severe. In the meantime, he has been fitted with a garment that he has to wear to soften the scar tissue, and keep it from becoming infected.
As winter approaches again, many more children will get injured just trying to keep warm. This is often due to extremely poor living conditions that refugees are forced to live in, often due to money issues. Please do something today to donate towards Sami and others like him so we can ensure they get the treatment they so desperately need.