Edmonton teen fundraising for prosthetic leg after car bombing in Somalia

Published: April 9, 2019

An Edmonton teen who lost a leg while travelling in Somalia is fundraising for a prosthetic.

Abdirahman Ali, a 19-year-old Grade 12 student, says he was hurt in a car bombing while visiting family in Somalia for the first time in January. He lost his left leg and only narrowly escaped the car before it went up in flames. A cousin riding with him was not hurt.

Ali spent a month in a Mogadishu hospital before returning to Edmonton. The family says he did not have medical insurance and they now face a $10,000 hospital bill.

Fundraising is also underway for a computerized prosthetic, which is not covered by the province. As of Monday morning, more than $24,000 of an $80,000 goal had been raised.

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