SA medics assist in Syrian hospital
An SA-led humanitarian mission has arrived at a hospital in Darkoush, northern Syria.
DARKOUSH, SYRIA - Doctors at the Darkoush hospital in northern Syria have been treating several people who were wounded during an intense bout of fighting.
More than 70,000 people have been killed in over two years of civil war.
A South African medical team led by the Gift of the Givers Foundation arrived at the facility on a humanitarian mission on Monday.
Men wielding assault rifles walked by and waited outside the hospital as a man was being treated for a shrapnel injury inside.
A 5-year-old boy named Muhammed was rushed in after being injured by shrapnel.
South African nurse Liz Wilson-Chandler was eager to get working on her first night with the mission and began attending to the boy during which gunfire could be heard in the distance.
"We heard a few shots and then automatic fire. We were ready to hit the floor. Everybody else took it as normal and were quite alert."
Syrian doctor Ahmed Gandoor said he attends to patients like Muhammed all too often.
"The patients I operate on include people who have been injured with shrapnel, rifles and other weapons like tanks and bombs."
The hospital, powered by a generator, is well lit in comparison to the rest of the city which does not have any power.
Locals make do with around two hours of electricity per day.
The two-year civil war has left vast swaths of the country without access to proper health care.