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Armless Iraqi boy arrives in Kuwait for treatment

12-year-old Ali Ismail Abbas who lost both his arms and his family in a missile attack was admitted at a hospital in Kuwait.

world Updated: Apr 16, 2003 12:41 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A 12-year-old Iraqi boy who lost both his arms and his family in a missile attack on his home in Baghdad was admitted on Wednesday at a hospital in Kuwait for treatment.

"The patient is tired. I don't want this hassle," a doctor told reporters massed outside the emirate's specialised Al-Babtain burns centre waiting for the much-anticipated arrival of the orphaned boy.

Ali Ismail Abbas is among a group of children that have been flown to Kuwait by the US military for vital treatment. The 12-year-old was flown by helicopter from Baghdad to the southern Iraqi town of Nasiriyah and then to Kuwait.

Plastic surgeon Imad Najada said Ali would be immediately transferred to the intensive care unit to be examined. "We'll stabilise him and see the extent of the burns and plan surgery, maybe for tomorrow if he's okay," he said.

Najada, from the Al-Babtain centre, said he anticipated the boy would only need a week to ten days of initial treatment in the burns centre.

He said the treatment would involve replacing the boy's lost fluid with a normal saline solution and provide more blood to support the circulation. Ali would also undergo a skin graft and preparation for prosthetics.

The artificial limbs could be fitted in Kuwait, he said, where the child would have to undergo rehabilitation.

On Tuesday, health ministry spokesman Ahmad al-Shatti had described Ali's condition as stable and said the boy would stay in the emirate for treatment "as long as he needs".

First Published: Apr 16, 2003 12:41 IST