As we get older, we are more in need of self-reliance, says Fathyia Abdo, 70, from Burj Brajneh camp, who lives alone after her husband passed away.
Fathyia spent five years unable to walk as a result of a joint disease that affected her knee. Her only cure was a knee transplant but the cost for such an operation was estimated at $ 6,500, an amount that she couldn’t afford. Fathyia says, “my children started searching for a financial support. They approached many institutions and it was a long and hard search that kept me in bed for years. To close my search and do the surgery I needed $ 1,300 and that was covered by the “Life-saving Hospitalization Support to Elderly Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon” program through Health Care Society. My request was approved in two weeks, and I went immediately to the operation.”
The least I can say is that I regained my life, “today I can walk and serve myself. I’m grateful for the support I received and for everyone who helped me recover. "
Following the success of her operation, Fethiya had to undergo a series of physiotherapy sessions to help her build her muscles and thus to be able to walk and move easily. Through the support provided by the program “Reducing Protection Risks and Improving the Living Conditions of Elderly Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon”, she received three physiotherapy sessions per week and her condition got better day by day.