Mariam’s mother, Hind, sits in the INARA offices, explaining the horrors that she and her family have been through over the past few years. The whole time, she doesn’t let a single emotion show. Her strength shines throughout the meeting, but her tenderness comes out when her daughter wakes up and she starts to coo at her in a baby voice.
“We walked for seven days straight.”
Hind, her four children, her husband, and two of her youngest brothers walked for seven days straight to escape Syria. “The kids were crying the whole time. Sometimes they vomited because they had become ill from the cold in the desert.” The road was treacherous, but Hind was determined that they escape the violence that had encircled them in Syria.
Once the family arrived in Lebanon, they settled in a small room in a Palestinian refugee camp. They liked their neighbors and things finally started to get better for the family. When she found out that she was pregnant, she was so excited. But during her pregnancy, her husband left. She was left to look after her four children, and her two younger brothers – aged 14 and 19. “I felt frustrated,” she reminisces, “I was very angry at times.”
“I felt that my daughter would never be fixed.”
Her daughter Mariam was born last September. Immediately she was diagnosed with developmental dislocation of the hip (DDH) and Hind felt as though her world was crashing in on itself. “We have no money,” she explains. “We had no idea where to get help.”
Doctors Without Borders referred Hind to INARA. After assessment at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Mariam was fitted with a dynamic abduction brace to reposition her leg. After a month of wearing this, doctors will then assess as to whether she needs a surgery to refit her hip.
We could only help Mariam thanks to both the donations of supporters and funding from UNICEF. Please do donate to INARA to help other children like Mariam born with orthopedic deformities.