Doctors help wheelchair-bound Iraqi girl walk after 16 years 

Sajida had undergone knee surgery in 2010 in Iraq as her knees were bent at 90 degrees and were not strong enough to take the pressure of the body. Due to lack of proper medical facilities and expertise, the surgery was unsuccessful. In fact, it worsened her condition and left her completely bedridden

Doctors help wheelchair-bound Iraqi girl walk after 16 years

  • Sajida Sallal, a 16-year-old girl from Iraq, was on a wheelchair since her birth.
  • She was suffering from ‘Spondylo Epiphyseal Dysplasia’ a rare congenital abnormal bone growth disorder.
  • Sajida was bed-ridden as her knees were bent 90 degrees, and the hip was bent 45 degrees towards the ground.
  • Her body was curled up in a foetal position, and her height was only 2.5 feet.

It’s been 16 long years, and finally, 16-year-old Sajida’s endless wait to be able to walk on her own feet has come to an end. A corrective surgery has brought Sajida back to her own feet.

Sajida Sallal, who hails from Iraq, had been operated at Jaypee Hospital which lies within the National Capital Region’s (NCR). Sajida was born with a rare congenital abnormal bone growth disorder, that resulted in her short body and bone abnormalities.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Gaurav Rathore, Associate Professor Institute of Orthopaedics says, “When Sajida had come to our hospital for the first time in 2016, she was wheelchair-bound and bed-ridden. Her back was curved and keens were bent at 90 degrees. So, we first did a knee surgery called supracondylar osteotomies to straighten the knees.”

Dr Rathore says, “As Sajida is just 2.5 feet tall, the corrective surgery was a complicated task. After the knee surgery, she went back home, and again this year, she came back for the hip surgery. We have corrected her hips as well and now after 6-8 months she is able to walk.”

Iraq has turned into a war zone. And the healthcare infrastructure has completely collapsed. There are no doctors with enough expertise or reliable technology available in Iraq. Owing to which Sajida’s condition worsened over the years.