Taiz Center for Prosthetic Limbs was a great hope in the life of our hero Abdo Jalmoud
Abdo Jalmod, a resident of the city of Al-Haimeh in the province of Al-Hudaydah, is currently 25 years old, married, and has no children yet. Before the crisis, Abdo led a childhood life similar to the neighboring children, as he described that period of his life, saying: “Before the crisis, I was studying in middle school, and then I stopped in the ninth grade and joined the workforce due to the country’s circumstances. I had to help my family after job losses and the country’s economic collapse, so I started working in an ice production factory.”
Although Abdo may not be one of the direct victims of the crisis, as he didn’t get displaced from his home or suffer due to the war’s aftermath, what happened to him was still a life-altering experience. Abdo continues: “I saved some money by the time I turned 23, and then I decided to get married, I became the breadwinner for my family. At the end of 2022, I had an accident while coming back home after buying fish, I was on a motorcycle, and the motorcycle flipped over, causing a knee bone injury and cutting some veins and arteries, I was immediately transported to Aden by some organization but the injury was too severe to treat, and the doctors decided to amputate my leg above the knee.”
People go through a shock when they lose a part of their body, even if it’s not directly due to the war, and Abdo experienced this as well, for over a year, he relied on crutches and sometimes a tree branch to walk, and at times, he couldn’t leave his house. He says, “My life was worse than I expected, my extra weight didn’t help me lead my life as I couldn’t even walk with crutches, and I went through dark nights of depression until relief came, a relief I never expected, I was contacted by a special team from the Center for prosthetic Limbs and Rehabilitation sponsored by King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid. They told me that they would transport me to Taiz City to provide me with an artificial limb and provide housing and meals at the expense of the King Salman Center.”
According to Abdo’s description, those were pivotal moments in his life, as his life had completely changed, as the travel date for Abdo was set, and after passing through plains and mountains, he reached Taiz City, the city that held a message of hope for him, he continues: “I arrived in Taiz at the Center for Artificial Limbs, and immediately we were received at the center, measurements were taken, and they started preparing the artificial limb, in just two days, I was able to walk on the artificial limb, I remember those initial steps that children take in their lives, but I didn’t take that long, within just two days, I could walk as an adult, a miraculous return to walking. It’s true that I won’t go back to doing strenuous work, but I can move whenever I want, and I can work in moderate tasks.
This center has been the reason of hope in my life and the lives of many, and I am extremely grateful for the services they provided.”