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19 Jan 2009
Khaled Al Kawari, lost both of his legs  
No letters or words can describe the feelings of Gazans who woke up to find themselves confined for the rest of their lives in a wheelchair.

Khaled Al Kawari, a 40-year-old from Khan Younis southern Gaza strip, did not know that his life would change forever on January 8, 12 days after Israel launched its barbaric attacks on the strip.

On that morning, Khaled went on his daily routine since the beginning of the war trying to give some help to devastated Palestinians by distributing aid.

Afterwards, Khaled went to pay his condolences to an old lady's family who died shortly after her son was killed by Israeli missiles.

On his way back from the funeral he was attacked by an Israeli drone missile.


 Lost his both of his legs


"I did not feel the pain, I lost consciousness. I was told my heart stopped beating and my blood pressure dropped to zero," Khaled said.

"When I woke up, I was shocked with the fact that both my legs were amputated, my urinary system injured and my left arm and side seriously injured by the missile shrapnel."

He was then taken by an ambulance to the European Hospital in Khan Younis.

However Khaled, who was a target for Israeli forces after he refused to collaborate with them, was warned that the Israeli forces were to attack the hospital later.

Though Gaza hospitals were battling to meet the urgent needs of thousands of injured people in Gaza, the Israeli blockade had its brutal grip on them.

The World Health Organization says Gaza's hospitals were "completely overwhelmed" during the Israel assault, with only a total of 2,000 hospital beds in Gaza, but more than 5,400 people injured.

Transferred from the European Hospital to Naser Hospital and then to Arish Hospital, he was then transferred to King Abdulaziz Medical City at National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh where he received the required medical attention.

"Changing the dressing of the wound needs an operation as the pain is unbearable and I need to take sedation to have the wound cleaned," Khaled pointed to the remote control of the drug he is taking to relief his pain.

Khaled and his brother Mohammed expressed their thanks and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque and all their Muslim brothers whom helped them through this hard time.    
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