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Medics Desperate To Help Paralysed Gaza Girl
Maha is seven years old and paralysed from the neck down.
Her mother and sister were killed in the airstrike on their house. She remembers everything about it.
She told Sky News: "We were sitting at home when we heard the noise. So we went down under the stairs.
"This is where we were injured. Some of us stayed alive, some of us died.
"Those who stayed alive were injured, all the family was injured.
"Me and my mother were injured, and we knew if we stayed like this we would die. But my mother stayed at home and she died."
Maha watches everything around her, she understands what is being said, but she doesn't understand why she can't move her arms and legs.
She said: "I feel like I can't do anything with my body. And when I move like this I can't feel my body moving."
She has been like this for 22 days now.
Her family tells her that she will get better, but any real hope of that depends on urgent treatment abroad.
Mahasen Sheikh Khalil, her aunt, explained: "She doesn't know that she could stay paralysed like this.
"She's waiting to go for treatment abroad so she might get well.
"She says to me, 'Aunt, if I can move my hand then I can eat by myself. I just want to stand up, move and play.'"
The family has been told there are three hospitals willing to treat Maha - in Germany, Turkey, and the US - and a sponsor has agreed to cover the cost.
But they need to get her our of Gaza first, and they are still waiting for permission from Israel.
Palestinian aid workers are trying to help, but the sad truth is there are other children like Maha here, all of whom need equally immediate care.
Her doctor, neurosurgeon Basil Baker at al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, told us that with every day that goes by, her chances of nerve recovery fade.
He explained: "Her lower limbs are lost. The recovery for the upper limbs is the aim.
"If she remains here and gets an infection, it will be difficult to treat.
"This means that she will be worse, we will not have any chance for any nerve recovery."
He hopes that she might be eligible for stem cell therapy in the future.
At the very least, he said, she deserves to be registered as a possible candidate.
Maha has already lived through three wars - she has learned how to be brave.
She has also learned how to hate.
"I would love the Israelis to die so I can stay alive," she said.
"So nobody else from our side would be killed. Because they killed and injured a lot of us."
Maha used to want to be a doctor when she grew up, now she wants to be in the resistance.