Instead of an amputation: Saudi got help for his leg at MLK
He can smile again: when Abdelkader Al M. (36) from Saudi Arabia came to Martin Luther Hospital a few weeks ago, he was threatened with amputation of his right lower leg. The young man, married and father of two daughters, already had gone through a medical odyssey when he finally arrived in Berlin. Almost one and a half years ago he was hit by a car. The accident seriously injured his arms and legs. In his homeland he could only be operated provisionally. The wounds became infected and the bones, put together again with medical screws, did not heal. A doctor at another clinic strongly advised Abdelkader Al M. to undergo surgery again - in Berlin by Prof. Wolf Petersen and his team at Martin Luther Hospital. With the help of the International Office at PDG Abdelkader Al M. could be helped quickly and efficiently - even in Arabic. In June 2011, he came to Berlin and a comprehensive treatment plan was created. Up to now he was operated four times – with two more to follow. The old screws were removed and new ones implanted. Now in a micro surgical operation the damaged nerve ends of the injured leg will be reconnected. Prof. Petersen comments: "We are all very happy that we were able to save his leg. Mr. Al M. will be able to walk really well again soon." And Abdelkader Al M. feels really happy too: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone - Professor Petersen, the whole station 3, the nurses, the Arab escort from the International Office - for the friendly, competent, loving and very human support during this difficult time!"