A patient displays his skin condition at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Iraq's Mosul, on January 30, 2019. D AFP / Zaid AL-OBEIDI
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MOSUL, Iraq: Explosives left behind by Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq's Mosul took 12-year-old Abdallah's left leg, but another kind of terror may cost him his arm: antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Doctors around the globe are sounding the alarm over bacterial infections immune to modern medicine, but their prevalence in Mosul -- where thousands of patients are struggling to recover from severe war wounds -- can be even more dangerous.The city was controlled by militants for three years until Iraqi forces backed by an international coalition ousted Daesh in 2017 .After five surgeries and endless consultations in three of Mosul's hospitals, Abdullah's health kept deteriorating.It wasn't until January that Abdallah was referred to MSF's special facility in eastern Mosul, where doctors diagnosed him with a bacterial infection resistant to antibiotics.The number of hospital beds in Mosul province dropped from 6,000 before the Daesh takeover to 1,000 by the time militants had been driven from the city.Since opening in April 2018, MSF's facility has treated more than 130 patients, nearly 40 percent of them suffering from multidrug resistant infections.
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