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Artificial legs made from drainpipes used to help Syrian war victims

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Media captionViquar Qurashi, who works at the Russell Hall hospital, Dudley has used his technique to fit limbs to more than 100 injured in Syria

Victims of the fighting in Syria have been fitted with artificial legs made from plastic drainpipes by a surgeon from the West Midlands.

Viquar Qurashi, who works at the Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, used his leave to go and work at a refugee camp on the Syrian border.

The drainpipe is moulded in an oven into the correct shape to fit the amputee, and a foot is added.

He has used his technique to fit limbs to more than 100 people.

Each limb costs £30, compared with £1,200 for the type given to NHS patients.

Mr Qurashi said: "They [patients] go back to their profession, to study, they go back to colleges, university, take up jobs."

He developed his technique following the earthquake in Pakistan in 2007, and estimates the limbs have been fitted to more than 3,000 men women and children.

Now he plans to train people in underdeveloped countries how to use drainpipes to make cheaper artificial limbs.

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