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article imageHospital in Aleppo, Syria can barely cope with wounded

By Layne Weiss     Oct 13, 2012 in World
Aleppo - A hospital in Aleppo, Syria is seriously struggling to treat all its patients. Over 100 trauma patients are admitted daily with only 10 doctors on staff. There is simply not room for everyone. Some people die on sidewalks outside waiting to get in.
The doctors and nurses at Dar-al-Shifa hospital are simply overworked as they struggle to save the lives of those injured in battle, The AP reports.
Control over the city of Aleppo is now a major issue in the Syrian conflict. While some fighters are brought into the hospital, most of the people brought in are civilians who have been hit in the shelling, BBC News reports.
Experts say about 90% of the wounded and dead in Aleppo are civilians, the Daily Mail reports
The AP visited the hospital this week, and were witnesses to scared children, "badly wounded men shouting Islam's declaration of faith" as they approach death, and fighters mourning the deaths of fellow soldiers.
As an orderly mops up the bloody floors, he finds a random limb. "Anyone lose a foot?" He asks.
The hospital was once a private clinic, but was taken over by volunteer doctors to care for those wounded in the Syrian conflict. Some of the medics have been detained and executed, one of the doctors tells BBC News.
According to The AP, the 7-story hospital itself has been at least six times in battle. The upper stories have been affected the worst, so the staff uses the bottom three floors.
The hospital gets so packed that wounded people of all ages lay on the floor in agony. One boy had to have an emergency leg amputation right on the floor, the Daily Mail reports. This has sadly become pretty standard at Dar-al-Shifa hospital.
The boy's father was also badly injured. After being treated, they were sent back to whatever is left of their home. There is really no room in the hospital for them to stay and get proper care and time to heal.
The hospital doesn't have a morgue, so those who die are put on the sidewalk. If the bodies are not claimed within 12 hours, they are photographed and buried, The AP reports.
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