Gaza Strip refugee receives prosthetic leg in Detroit

- Muath Abudaher is a healthy and happy 16-year-old boy from Palestine.

From throwing the basketball around to visiting the Niagra Falls, he's enjoying his time in the U.S. as he awaits for his second new prosthetic leg.

"As a young child, he lost him mom when he was 4 to cancer and when he was 6 he got bone cancer and had to have his leg completely removed," said Yasmeen Hamed, his host mother.

The Palestine Children's Relief Fund, or PCRF, made it possible for Muath to travel to Michigan for his first prosthetic leg in 2013 and now for his second prosthetic leg in 2017. He outgrew his first one about 5 months ago.

"We're making it more of an adult leg, adult knee, and hopefully he'll be able to keep it a little longer as he grows," Hamedsaid.

Both Yasmeen and Muath hope his story will inspire people to help others who are less fortunate.

"There's children that in Gaza now that have cancer that can't leave. Well that's why our organization is building ... our second pediatric cancer center and we're building it in Gaza for children like Muath. Maybe if there was a facility there we could've saved his leg," Hamed said.

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