HOUSTON -- Children who were caught in the crossfire of the violence in Syria are finding a new lease on life here in Houston.
When 14-year-old Muhammad Jammous walked into the Texas Orthopedic Hospital on Thursday, he was a step closer to finally throwing his crutches away. He has had to use crutches ever since an exploding tank shell cost him his left leg.
"And really, I think for a lot of physicians is that all we need to know is that there is a child who needs care and we're happy to provide it,” said Dr. Gary Brock with the Fondren Orthopedic Group.
Doctors in Houston will provide surgery and fitting for his prosthetic leg free of charge.
The Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF) brought Muhammad to Houston. He’s the first Syrian child brought to Texas for donated care.
"And I think that we live in a fortunate and generous country that we're able to provide care and we do," said Dr. Brock.
An 18-year-old girl from the West Bank will be fortunate too. Her name is Fatima. She needs hip replacement surgery. She cannot have the operation with limited medical expertise back home.
"When we told her she didn't have to live in pain every day and that we could replace her hip, she cried and her mother cried and her sister cried, and thankfully they were tears of joy," said Dr. Gregory Stocks with the Fondren Orthopedic Group.
PCRF says it tries to provide that joy -- non-political and free -- to 4,500 children a year, so they can return to productive lives back home.
Fatima and Muhammad are the latest. Two children. Two smiles. And a chance at two new lives.