Iraqi Woman Given Gift of Mobility Thanks To U.S. Soldiers
By Courtney Kealy
An Iraqi woman who lost both her legs in a rocket attack is walking again, thanks to some U.S. soldiers.
After an insurgent rocket hit her home three years ago, Soham Hassan Ka-Naan spent her days dragging her body across the cement floors of her family's house or being lifted and pushed in a wheelchair. Her left leg was amputated below her knee and her right leg amputated near her hip.
Despite an effort by Iraqi doctors tried to repair her wounds, Soham was faced with constant pain caused by bone remnants rubbing against her skin.
Soldiers from Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, discovered Soham while conducting a raid in Al Arabia, and decided they had to help. They took her to the fortified Green Zone for medical treatment and have been advocates for her care over the months and years.
The soldiers have taken Soham on multiple trips to a new U.S.-Iraqi funded clinic to receive prosthesis. They even pitched in and bought her sneakers she seems quite proud of. Today, Soham is back in her village. She will receive new temporary prosthesis, with the promise of permanent ones within six months that will give her full mobility, pain free.