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Title Foreign Correspondent: Afghanistan
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Summary Both legs blown away by a mine, he sat on a chair outside his family's house and watched the world go by. This was his hopeless lot for five long, bleak years until a life altering chain of events. He now walks tall, is second-in-charge of the clinic that helped him and feels like he is standing on the sky. Out of strife, a story to ignite the human spirit.Around the world many developed economies grapple - with varying degrees of success and failure - with medical care. In Australia complaints mount about access to GPs, long lines to elective surgery and sub-standard, over-burdened hospitals.In a country like Afghanistan, pulverised by war and poverty, health and medical care means fending for yourself and your loved ones - if you're lucky enough to have them.That's one of the reasons they call Italian-born physiotherapist Alberto Cairo the Angel of Kabul.Cairo came to Afghanistan 20 years ago and was so struck by the magnitude of deprivation among the ill and injured that he's been there ever since. Alberto Cairo runs the Red Cross Orthopaedic clinic in Kabul and puts Afghanistan's war-injured back together with prostheses.He and his tireless staff - many of them amputees who've been helped by the program - fashion new limbs and guide recipients back to mobility.In an inspirational Foreign Correspondent, reporter Sally Sara takes us inside this busy Red Cross facility to meet Alberto Cairo and some other extraordinary people who've been helped and who are now helping others. There's Farzana who lost a leg to a landmine at 14. Illiterate and uneducated, Farzana pressed Cairo for an education and now - having conquered her injury and lack of schooling - is the most gifted and prolific prosthetic technician in the clinic.Then there's Najmuddin Helal. Incredibly, he's been elevated from his sedentary life in a chair outside his family house on a busy street in Kabul to new mobility - forward and upward - as Cairo's second-in-charge."When I stand I feel like I was maybe five metres or ten metres. Believe me! When I stand, I thought I am on the sky." Najmuddin Helal, double amputeeOur South Asia Correspondent introduces us to nine year old Khania (from the dangerous southern province of Helmand) who lost a leg to a mine. Sally follows his progress from the time he and his father throw themselves at the mercy of the clinic to a happy, playful child striding confidently with his new prosthetic leg and flashy runners."I've seen people standing up for the first time crying. You could see the tears in the eyes.It's a very dramatic moment." Alberto Cairo, PhysiotherapistNot to be missed
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-07-06 at 20:00:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Cairo, Alberto.
International Committee of the Red Cross.
People with disabilities -- Medical care.
Physical therapy services.
Rehabilitation centers.
Afghanistan.
Form Streaming video
Author Cairo, Alberto, contributor
Corcoran, Mark, host
Helal, Najmuddin, contributor
Sara, Sally, reporter