21-year-old Abdullah Ayed lost his arm in 2017 after his home in Yemen was hit by an explosive. He reportedly spent weeks in a coma. One of his arms had to be amputated and the other was left badly damaged.
“I was embarrassed to go out with my hand amputated, especially still being young,” he explained. “I wanted to get married, I wanted a job. But I did not lose my faith in God.”
More than 8,700 people have been injured in the Yemen conflict from March 2015 until August 2017. But an international charity MSF has invested in 3D technology to give some men and women who were left with physical disabilities to option of being fitted with prosthetics.
“One of our goals is to keep things simple, so rather than exploring electronic solutions or very complicated solutions, we want to keep things as simple as possible but also durable,” MSF biomedical engineer Safa Herfat stated. “We are looking to design devices or terminal devices, or tools that can be delivered to patients in austere environments, where there’s limited or no access to prosthetic care.”
MSF officials say 3D-printed prosthetics cost roughly $30, while more standard prosthetics can cost hundreds or thousands. That have helped fit more than 20 limbs to patients in Gaza, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.
MSF sent Ayed to a hospital in Jordan where he was given treatment and fitted for a prosthetic.