People in the Kurdistan Region have launched the “Bring Back My Hands” social media campaign in protest against the region’s health sector after a young child’s hand was amputated.
Hundreds of Facebook and Instagram users have posted photos of themselves with a bandaged hand in support of two and a half year old Sana Hisam.
The campaign aims to “caution the conscience of the health sector” in the Kurdistan Region, the campaign organizers said.
A doctor and a health employee from the hospital where the young child’s hand was amputated were arrested and another three people were released on bail, Duhok Governor Farhad Atrushi said on Tuesday (April 18) during a press conference.
Hisam’s right hand had to be amputated after a cannula was used incorrectly in a hospital in Akre, north of the Kurdistan Region’s capital of Erbil.
She was admitted to Gulan Hospital in Akre on April 8 after suffering from vomiting and diarrhea, the Deputy Head of the hospital told NRT.
Sana’s family told NRT on April 15 that Sana’s right hand swelled and turned black after a cannula was used on her at the hospital.
The child was then transferred to a hospital in Duhok, the family added.
A cannula is a thin tube which is inserted into a vein or body cavity in order to drain fluid or provide medicine to a hospital patient.