This week in our Emergency Department in Syria

I am so grateful to everyone who has been supporting our new emergency hospital in Syria since it opened in May. This picture was taken this week in our emergency department and shows a man's leg wound being sutured after he was injured by a landmine.

This young man is one of the 6.5 million internally displaced people in Syria who is trying desperately to make ends meet. He was originally a university student studying marketing, but he and his family were displaced by relentless violence and fighting in their home town. He fled with his elderly parents, four sisters and young brother.

Now they are living below the poverty line and he has been unable to continue with his studies. Instead the responsibility of being the breadwinner for his family falls on his shoulders. He has managed to find some work on a farm which was what he was doing when he was injured by this landmine.

Our medical team x-rayed his leg to ensure that there was no damage to his bone. They cleaned and sutured his wound, gave him pain relief and discharged him with a course of prophylactic antibiotics. We provided all of his care free of charge.

The risk of infection and complications would have been high without treatment, and he would not have been able to afford to go to the nearest city to have his wound treated if our hospital had not been there. Because of the support of people like you, he will hopefully be back to work in a couple of weeks and will be able to continue to provide for his family. When we treat one person like this, it has a much greater benefit to a wider circle of people than the just the individual we have treated.

For more information about how you can help support our hospitals in Syria please visit http://www.samarasaidappeal.org/hospital-appeal/

Thank you so much.