The Misaytif family, residing in the challenging conditions of a relative’s tent in the Idlib refugee camps in Syria, are facing a profound struggle. They are among the civilians who sought refuge from the relentless attacks of the Assad regime. Amidst these hardships, they confront a unique challenge with their 14-month-old son, Muhammad, who was born without limbs, and the family is in dire need of support and assistance.
In the confines of the camp, Baby Muhammad’s life is significantly different from other children, as he was born without arms and legs. He spends most of his days accompanied by his cat, unable to play like his peers.
Halit Misaytif, Muhammad’s father, shared in a statement the constant care and attention his son requires due to his condition. “Muhammad always needs to be held close. Living here in the camp, we struggle to shield him from the extreme heat and cold,” Halit expressed his concerns.
Finding basic necessities for his son is a daily challenge for Halit. After sustaining a foot injury during the attacks by the Assad regime, he finds it difficult to walk and work, making it even harder to procure his son’s milk. “The cost of medications has skyrocketed,” Halit said, voicing his hope for Muhammad to lead a life similar to other children.
Halit emphasized the critical need for support as Muhammad cannot meet his daily needs independently due to the absence of hands and feet. “We barely manage to provide him with milk, medicine, and diapers. I dream of him going abroad in the future, possibly getting prosthetic limbs. All I wish is for him to have a normal life. I hope I can give Muhammad a happy life,” he shared, voicing his hopes and concerns for his son’s future.