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Palestinian teens travel to Houston for medical care

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

It has been a painful and long journey for both 15-year-old Mohammed Jammous and 18-year old Fatima Asafar.

The two teens were brought to Houston by the Palestine Children's Relief Fund or PCRF to help mend the injuries of war and poverty.

Mohammed lost a part of his leg after a tank shell exploded last fall in Syria.

Friday morning he will undergo an advanced surgery that will help him better use this custom prosthesis and improve his way of life.

"What it does is it transfers his motion that he does into the prosthesis so it moves with him seamlessly," said Prosthetic designer David Beaty.

18-year-old Fatima from the West Bank is also looking forward to the operating table.

Dr. Greg Stocks will perform hip replacement surgery to relieve the pain she has lived with for the past 4 years.

"There isn't the equipment or the expertise available in Palestine to perform the complicated hip replacement surgery like she needs," said Dr. Stocks. Her hip is so badly injured one of her legs is shorter, and she can barely stand for more than 5 minutes.

"When we told her she didn't have to live in pain every day and that we could replace her hip, she cried and her mother cried and her sister cried and thankfully they were tears of joy," said Dr. Stocks.

Both teens were chosen by the nonprofit group to receive donated care that is not available back home.

Shy and unable to speak the language it is PCRF volunteer Hatim Kahyyal who is facilitating what could be a very scary experience for the teens whose families stayed abroad.

"It's a lot of great work that's being done by this organization and with the help of hospitals like Texas Orthopedics and doctors here today," said Kahyyal.

Following their surgeries and weeklong hospital stays both Mohammed and Fatima will be staying with host families several weeks while they undergo therapy. This experience is one that isn't only life changing for these teens.

"It helps us appreciate the art of medicine, the practice of medicine and what part we can play in the lives of others," said Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Dr.Gary Brock. That is the purpose of PCRF, which each year helps close to 4,500 children receive the care they need.

For more information about the Palestine Children's Relief Fund go to http://www.pcrf.net/

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