Heart Warming: Syrian Girl Born Without Legs Walks Again After Operation

Published December 11th, 2018 - 09:08 GMT

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Eight-year-old Maya Merhi had to struggle around a Syrian displaced persons camp on artificial limbs made of plastic tubing and tin cans.

But now the girl, who was born with no legs due to a congenital condition, is walking on new prosthetics after undergoing treatment in Turkey.

Dressed in a pink sweater and matching shoes, Maya on Saturday was able for the first time to walk along the rutted roads of the Serjilla camp after arriving back. Continue reading below »

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Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture next to her prosthetic legs that are decorated with the Turkish flag inside a tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria. 
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Image 1 of 8:  1 / 8Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture next to her prosthetic legs that are decorated with the Turkish flag inside a tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture next to her prosthetic legs that are decorated with the Turkish flag inside a tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria. 
Aaref WATAD / AFP
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Image 2 of 8:  2 / 8Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture next to her prosthetic legs that are decorated with the Turkish flag inside a tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Maya Merhi (C) stands among her friends in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria, next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.
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Image 3 of 8:  3 / 8Maya Merhi (C) stands among her friends in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria, next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Maya Merhi (C) plays with her friends in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey
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Image 4 of 8:  4 / 8Maya Merhi (C) plays with her friends in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey Aaref WATAD / AFP

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This picture taken on December 9, 2018 shows a general view of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.
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Image 5 of 8:  5 / 8This picture taken on December 9, 2018 shows a general view of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Maya Merhi (R) stands with the support of crutches next to her disabled father (C) outside their tent in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.
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Image 6 of 8:  6 / 8Maya Merhi (R) stands with the support of crutches next to her disabled father (C) outside their tent in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Maya Merhi (2nd R) sits with her family inside their tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.
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Image 7 of 8:  7 / 8Maya Merhi (2nd R) sits with her family inside their tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.
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Image 8 of 8:  8 / 8Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture next to her prosthetic legs that are decorated with the Turkish flag inside a tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria. 
Aaref WATAD / AFP

Image 1 of 8Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture next to her prosthetic legs that are decorated with the Turkish flag inside a tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture next to her prosthetic legs that are decorated with the Turkish flag inside a tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria. 
Aaref WATAD / AFP

Image 2 of 8Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture next to her prosthetic legs that are decorated with the Turkish flag inside a tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Maya Merhi (C) stands among her friends in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria, next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.
Aaref WATAD / AFP

Image 3 of 8Maya Merhi (C) stands among her friends in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria, next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Maya Merhi (C) plays with her friends in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey
Aaref WATAD / AFP

Image 4 of 8Maya Merhi (C) plays with her friends in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey Aaref WATAD / AFP

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This picture taken on December 9, 2018 shows a general view of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.
Aaref WATAD / AFP

Image 5 of 8This picture taken on December 9, 2018 shows a general view of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Maya Merhi (R) stands with the support of crutches next to her disabled father (C) outside their tent in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.
Aaref WATAD / AFP

Image 6 of 8Maya Merhi (R) stands with the support of crutches next to her disabled father (C) outside their tent in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Maya Merhi (2nd R) sits with her family inside their tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.
Aaref WATAD / AFP

Image 7 of 8Maya Merhi (2nd R) sits with her family inside their tent at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.
Aaref WATAD / AFP

Image 8 of 8Syrian Maya Merhi poses for a picture in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of Serjilla in northwestern Syria next to Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Aaref WATAD / AFP

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