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9-Yr-Old Boy Who Survived Bombing In Palestine Returns Home With Prosthetic Leg.

Saleh walks on prosthetic leg

At only 9 years old, Saleh Humaid has been through more than many of us could imagine. The young boy managed to survive a horrific bombing in Gaza, Palestine, where he lost one of his legs. Saleh was able to receive a prosthetic leg thanks to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), but he had to travel all the way to Detroit, Michigan, for the surgery. Now, after two months of therapy, he’s finally ready to go home!

Saleh’s prosthetic has made all the difference in the world for his confidence and wellbeing. Yasmeen Hamed, the PCRF member with whom the boy stayed while in recovery, said that she noticed a positive change right away.

Saleh received therapy to walk on his prosthetic leg.
Screengrab from CBS Detroit

“It’s like watching somebody gain their independence, and seeing his smile alone is amazing. I’m so excited for him,” she said, according to CBS Detroit.

After welcoming Saleh into her home and supporting him through such a huge moment in his life, Yasmeen considers him one of her own. The mom of four will be sad to see the young man go back to Palestine!

Yasmeen considers Saleh one of her own children.
Screengrab from CBS Detroit

“The other day, someone asked how many kids do you have. And I included him as one of my children. I’m like, ‘This is my fifth,'” Yasmeen told CBS Detroit in a follow-up.

However, she’s not the only one who’s going to miss the boy. Saleh made quite an impression on both his host family and their friends in Dearborn Heights.

Saleh will be missed by his Detroit host family.
Screengrab from CBS Detroit

“The community welcomed him. They gifted him. They invited him. They welcomed him into their homes,” Yasmeen recounted. “He had a beautiful experience, and I’m so happy that we were able to facilitate it.”

She added, “I know my kids will never forget him, and we will definitely keep tabs on him and watch him grow into a young man hopefully.”

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