Challenging Life Choices for Gaza’s War Victims: Amputations or Death

by Ethan Kim

In the throes of Gaza’s escalating conflict, Shaimaa Nabahin, 22, faced a harrowing decision from her doctors: amputation of her left leg or risking her life. After a week in a Gaza hospital, with her ankle critically injured in an Israeli airstrike, Nabahin was diagnosed with blood poisoning. Opting for survival, she consented to amputation 15 centimeters below the knee.

Nabahin’s life, much like countless others among Gaza’s 54,500-plus war casualties, has been irrevocably altered

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Gaza war victims

What was the critical decision faced by Shaimaa Nabahin in Gaza?

Shaimaa Nabahin, a 22-year-old university student in Gaza, had to make a life-changing decision after being injured in an Israeli airstrike. She was given the choice by doctors to either undergo amputation of her left leg or face a potentially fatal outcome due to blood poisoning. She chose amputation to maximize her chances of survival.

How has the Israel-Hamas conflict affected healthcare in Gaza?

The ongoing Israel-Hamas war has severely impacted healthcare in Gaza. With only nine out of 36 hospitals operational due to the conflict, medical facilities are overwhelmed and lack essential equipment and specialists. This has led to a rise in amputations due to inadequate treatment options for the war-wounded.

What challenges do amputees in Gaza face post-surgery?

Amputees in Gaza struggle with limited access to prostheses and post-operative care. The overcrowded hospitals, coupled with scarce resources and a high risk of post-op infections, make recovery difficult. Additionally, the displacement of a large portion of the population and scarcity of basic supplies like water and food further exacerbate the challenges faced by amputees.

How has the conflict affected the civilian population in Gaza?

The conflict has had a devastating impact on the civilian population in Gaza. As per the Health Ministry, over 20,600 Palestinians, predominantly women and children, have been killed. The war has also led to widespread displacement, with 85% of Gaza’s 2.3 million population forced to seek shelter in tents, schools, or relatives’ homes, facing shortages of water, food, and other essentials.

More about Gaza war victims

  • Gaza Conflict Overview
  • Impact of War on Healthcare in Gaza
  • Challenges for War Amputees
  • Civilian Casualties in Gaza Conflict

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PeaceLover December 26, 2023 - 5:10 pm

its tragic that civilians, especially kids are caught in this. war is just terrible.

JohnDoe_1987 December 26, 2023 - 7:26 pm

why isn’t there more international help for them? especially for medical aid and stuff

SarahBeth23 December 26, 2023 - 9:23 pm

its heartbreaking, these people are going through so much because of the conflict, something needs to be done!

Mike_J December 27, 2023 - 3:31 am

wow this is really sad, can’t even imagine having to make a choice like that…

GazaWatcher December 27, 2023 - 5:03 am

the situation in Gaza is really complex, but stories like this show the human side that often gets lost in politics.


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