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Wounded Syrians hospitalized in Lebanon

02-19-2012 19:24 BJT

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As the violence continues in Syria, those who have been wounded have a small window of opportunity for getting treatment. This means getting to neighboring countries like Lebanon. Our correspondent Stephanie Freid is in Lebanon where she met Syrians being treated there.

These are the lucky ones. Syria’s wounded who made it out alive.


An injured Syrian rebel fighter is carried into a local hospital following an
exchange of fire with army troops, unseen in Idlib, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.

They were able to bribe a taxi driver, get smuggled past a checkpoint or curry favor with friends or relatives to get into Lebanon for treatment.

Some may never be able to walk without a limp or pick up their children.

But at least they’re alive.

This man from Homs, unable to contain his pain during our interview, recalls the night he was sniped.

Someone said: “I remember the lights were bright. I went to cut them down and I felt the bullets. I thought I was going to die”

Thousands have died during Syria’s uprising and countless others have been wounded.

Most shy away from media, fearing for safety of families still inside Syria.

Lebanese medical staff treating the ones who make it through say they’re seeing multiple bullet wounds and they’re fighting against infection

Lacking medical facilities in Syria mean many have gone without treatment - sometimes days - and wounds fester.

This man, shot this month during protests in the turbulent Baba Amr, Homs district, developed a leg infection so severe that by the time he got here, surgeons had to operate three times to undo the damage.

The treating physician says he sees one commonality among the wounded who arrive here

Dr. Waseem with Tripoli Hospital said: “Most are wounded on the sides of their bodies. Otherwise they don’t make it. If they are wounded in the stomach or frontally, they die before they get here”

Fewer than a dozen Syrians are being treated in this hospital, two other area hospitals are also treating wounded. The numbers are low because most of Syria’s wounded don’t make it to this side of the border

Reporter: “Fear regarding the Syria situation isn’t only limited to Syrians. Lebanese also hesitate to talk because the country here is so deeply divided over what’s happening next door with the neighbors.”

Ironically, this hospital where Syria’s wounded come for treatment is situated right in the middle of a town so deeply divided that when clashes broke out among pro versus anti Syrians recently, three ended up dead.

Syrian soldiers carry coffins of their colleagues during a funeral at Teshrine
military hospital in Damascus February 14, 2012.

Anti-government protesters attend the funerals of protesters killed during clashes
with government troops in earlier protests against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad,
in Damascus February 18, 2012.



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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