Hanane Can Walk Again

01 August 2017

A few years ago, the mother of 14-year-old Hanane noticed a slight curvature that appeared when her daughter stood up. Rapidly, the curvature became more severe as Hanane grew, resulting in difficulties in walking and breathing. A medical diagnosis revealed that Hanane suffered from a severe sprain of the spine exceeding 60 degrees at the time. A very delicate and expensive surgical intervention was the only solution for her case.

“I reached a point where I felt completely helpless and unable as a mother to save my daughter’s life, but I never lost hope,” says Hanane’s mother.

“The surgery is costly and exceeds our capacity and, in such cases, parents feel absolutely powerless,” she adds. “It is an overwhelming feeling! In less than a year, the sprain worsened and exceeded 70 degrees, posing a real risk to her lungs and bringing a threat of paralysis. She had to leave school. At that moment, we realized that time was against us. Hanane’s medical file was among the Agency’s most urgent cases, and we were hoping that UNRWA would be able to help us. When we knew that UNRWA and Taawon were about to launch an appeal during the holy month of Ramadan to ensure the cost of the treatment for Hanane and other patients, we held on to the hope of seeing her recover, because we knew that many institutions and individuals still believe in charity.”

The amount was actually ensured through raised funds and partners contributions and Hanane underwent the surgery. “My daughter will live again,” exclaimed her mother. “She spent more than six hours in surgery, and now she is walking again! I can’t describe my joy! I cannot find the words to express my deepest gratitude and thanks to every person who helped my daughter live again! All thanks to every individual and institution!

UNRWA and Taawon-Lebanon continue to work to help ensure that the suffering of other patients waiting for treatment comes to an end, bringing them hope and joy as a result.