A Dutch medical team in Lebanon for the International Red Cross, has been working in local hospitals to fit artificial limbs to dozens of Lebanese civilians who were trapped in the cross-fire between the various warring factions.
GV Street view in Beirut, PAN TO hospital
SCU Dutch doctor speaking (ENGLISH SOT) about fitting artificial limbs
SCU Patient fitted with limb, walking on artificial leg (3 shots)
SCU Artificial arm and hand fitted to patient (2 shots)
SCU PAN Patient with artificial leg
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ, TWO): Dutch doctor: "We found a lot of people, Beirut, some in Sidon, and also quite a number in Baalbeck, and these patients we assisted in three phases. The first phase: we made plaster moulds in ten days' time; the second phase, months later we fitted (indistinct) like this -- you see, it's not finished; and the third phase we get the limbs completely fitted-- we get something like this, you see' then the arm is finished and the leg is finished and we can deliver it to the patient."
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Background: A Dutch medical team in Lebanon for the International Red Cross, has been working in local hospitals to fit artificial limbs to dozens of Lebanese civilians who were trapped in the cross-fire between the various warring factions. One such clinic is located in Amel Hospital, in the Shi-ite section of the capital Beirut. Red Cross doctors and specialists trained in fitting artificial arms and legs adjust these appliances to suit individual patients. The injuries most commonly treated are loss of arms or legs. After fitting the artificial limbs the patients are given hospital therapy and instruction on their proper use, especially for those who have learn to walk again.