This Man Lost His Leg Waiting For His Refugee Claim To Be Heard. In The Pandemic, He’s More Alone Than Ever.
When Jamshid Rahimi Azar fell down last month, there was nobody to help him.
“As I was going out I had a fall on the asphalt in the front yard,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I was experiencing sharp pains and had to crawl back to the stairs as I was feeling extremely light headed.”
Rahimi Azar’s right leg was amputated above the knee in December 2019, after treatment for a cancerous tumour in his muscles was unsuccessful. At the time of his surgery, the Iranian man had been waiting for more than six years for his refugee claim to be heard by the Australian government.
Then the coronavirus pandemic struck. Now as he is learning to live without his leg, even the limited support he was expecting is out of reach.
“The prosthetic leg is not the right fit for me and I am constantly falling and injuring myself,” Rahimi Azar told BuzzFeed News. “I have lost all self-confidence and hope.”
Restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 mean most of his medical appointments have been cancelled, according to a report written by his treating psychologist in April.
“He has not received appropriate treatments such as physiotherapy for adapting his amputated organ to the …continued .