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Abed El Malek Abu Rukba
Abed El Malek Abu Rukba

Abed El Malek Abu Rukba is a 38 year-old Army Supply Wagon Driver from Nusirat Refugee Camp. On 12 May 2003, he was delivering food to a soldiery site in Gaza Middle Area when the Israeli forces attacked the place with machine guns and rockets. Unfortunately, splinters stroked all parts of Abed El Malek’s body. One of those splinters stroke his head, which drove him to a coma state during one week. Subsequently, his Left Sided Hemiplegia came out obviously. He was treated in a rehabilitation center for 5 months and then outside Palestine for 3 months. In 2003, he received rehabilitation services at Maghazi Community Rehabilitation Society for very few months through a project that was funded by Care.

Through MCRS project in 2003, Abed El Malek Abu Rukba received 16 physiotherapy sessions, 10 psychosocial therapy sessions, a wheel chair/bathroom chair size 19, and adaptation of the house entrance/ramp. However, those services were not enough to improve his conditions at a remarkable degree. In particular, his psychological status was so bad and made him an isolated person who never tries to interact with the surrounding community or have social relationships. Our team in PSCF visited Abed El Malik in April 2004 and prepared a treatment plan that aims at adjusting his behavior and reducing his tension and isolation.

The treatment was successful; the physiotherapy sessions included exercises for reinforcement of the left hand and leg muscles, balance in going on all fours, standing on a walk parallel as well as exercises to stretch the left foot joint. As a result, Abed El Malek can now use his left hand with 35% capacity, he has a simple power in his left foot and he can stand up and sit down should he catch a window or a wall parallel.he also moves easily inside home using the wheelchair and sometimes he sits outside, next to the house entry under the sunshine.  The psychological sessions helped Abed El Malik to become more social in the sense that he receives visitors in a normal way as he used to do before the accident and he visits his neighbors and few friends.