A Tale of Rehabilitation and Resilience

Fouad Mahmoud Gennyat, a 62-year-old Syrian man, experienced a stroke that resulted in paralysis on the right side of his body, causing him immobile. After several weeks of hospitalization, doctors recommended Fouad to engage in physical therapy sessions to restore his movement.

The social rehabilitation worker at the Forum for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Dennieh identified Fouad during his visit to the center with his daughter with the intent of requesting physical therapy sessions. After assessing his case, it was approved for Fouad to undergo 12 physical therapy sessions.

Due to the clot from the stroke, Fouad's muscles and nerves had weakened, resulting in an imbalance that prevented him from standing or moving. However, the consistent physiotherapy sessions that were his lifeline to better health and mental well-being improved Fouad's condition. He's walking with an independent crutch and regaining partial movement in his right hand. After months of interruption, he could finally reintegrate into society and engage in various activities.

Fouad expressed his deep gratitude to the Forum particularly to World Rehabilitation Fund's project. These initiatives provided him with vital treatment sessions he couldn't have afforded. He expressed his wish for these programs to continue benefiting as many individuals as he had been fortunate to benefit from.

Fouad greatly benefited from these sessions granted through the project of "Filling Assistance Gaps in Basic Rehabilitation Services for Refugees from Syria with Disabilities and their Peers in Host Communities in Lebanon," funded by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration as a Gift from the United States Government.