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Paralyzed Maria faces uncertain future An Israeli strike killed her mother, rhinocort free sample grandmother and her brother, rhinocort free sample yet IDF is trying to deport Maria back to West Bank where there is no adequate care for her.     By Katya Adler BBC News, rhinocort free sample Jerusalem  Six-year-old Maria Amin from Gaza is putting on a brave face in the hydrotherapy pool. Rhinocort free sample Two therapists at the Alyn Children's Hospital in Jerusalem are helping her. Rhinocort free sample Maria cannot kick her legs or even feel the water she's floating in. Rhinocort free sample She is permanently attached to a ventilator. Rhinocort free sample Maria was paralysed from the neck down by an Israeli rocket attack in May 2006. Rhinocort free sample Maria's mother, rhinocort free sample her grandmother and her brother were killed immediately when the strike hit their car.    Maria was blown through the car window, rhinocort free sample suffering severe injuries. Rhinocort free sample Israeli law denies compensation to victims of what it calls its "acts of war", rhinocort free sample but Maria's story was taken up by local as well as foreign press.   "We will not agree to discharge her until we are satisfied she will be adequately cared for elsewhere" Shirley Mayer Alyn Children's Hospital  Under pressure, rhinocort free sample Israel's Defence Ministry has been paying for her rehabilitation treatment at the specialist hospital in Jerusalem. Rhinocort free sample But now it wants to deport Maria to a Palestinian clinic in the West Bank. Rhinocort free sample Staff at the hospital in Jerusalem are helping Maria to become as independent as she can be. Rhinocort free sample They are teaching her to use her mouth to work a computer.  The head of the hospital, rhinocort free sample Shirley Meyer, rhinocort free sample doesn't want to let Maria go. "Without going into politics - that's not my role and not my business - my first priority is to make sure my patients receive the care they need, rhinocort free sample" she says. Rhinocort free sample "I don't care where that is, rhinocort free sample but as far as we know, rhinocort free sample this is the only hospital in the Middle East that can look after Maria properly. Rhinocort free sample   "Her case is extremely complicated. Rhinocort free sample So we will not agree to discharge her until we are satisfied she will be adequately cared for elsewhere." Israel's air strike killed my son and my wife.   All I ask is that they look after my daughter Hamdi Amin Maria's father  Israel's Supreme Court will hear Maria's case at the end of September. Rhinocort free sample If the country's Defence Ministry gets its way, rhinocort free sample Maria will be sent to the Abu Raya Rehabilitation Centre in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Rhinocort free sample In a statement, rhinocort free sample the ministry said Maria would fare better in her "natural environment". Rhinocort free sample Her father Hamdi is fighting to keep her in Jerusalem. Rhinocort free sample "It's a matter of life and death for Maria.  She can only survive 50 seconds without the ventilator and there are often complications. Rhinocort free sample Here they are experts. Rhinocort free sample In Ramallah they are not, rhinocort free sample" he says. Rhinocort free sample "Israel's air strike killed my son and my wife.  All I ask is that they look after my daughter."   Legal objections Maria's lawyer, rhinocort free sample Adi Lustigman, rhinocort free sample has several objections to the Defence Ministry's plan: Maria is Gazan and has no family in Ramallah; Abu Raya has not got the experience or equipment to deal with complications such as hers; far less severe cases are sent to the Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem. Rhinocort free sample Frequent hold-ups at checkpoints between Ramallah and Jerusalem could cost Maria her life. Rhinocort free sample She would not be the first Palestinian to die that way. Rhinocort free sample Israel's Defence Ministry has offered to send staff from Abu Raya to Jerusalem for training. Rhinocort free sample It says it will pay for some of Maria's medical equipment and for her father's rent in Ramallah for a year. Rhinocort free sample "But then what?" asks her lawyer. Rhinocort free sample Maria's paralysis, rhinocort free sample her frequent infections and fevers, rhinocort free sample her need for new medical equipment as she gets bigger, rhinocort free sample are all ongoing. Rhinocort free sample Everyone involved in Maria's case says they have her best interests at heart but, rhinocort free sample like so much else in this conflict, rhinocort free sample the fate of this Gazan child has become highly politicised. Rhinocort free sample Maria celebrates her sixth birthday on August 30th. Rhinocort free sample She says she just wants to lead as normal a life as possible.  "I want them to give me a home for me and my father and my little brother where I can bathe by myself, rhinocort free sample get dressed by myself and everything, rhinocort free sample" she says. Rhinocort free sample "I want them to make a kitchen so I can cook for my father and my brother whatever they want. Rhinocort free sample "I would love to go to school.   But first I would have to shower, rhinocort free sample get dressed and have a school bag." Maria's father is constantly by her side. Rhinocort free sample He feeds her, rhinocort free sample cleans her ventilator and brushes her hair. Rhinocort free sample He even paints her nails, rhinocort free sample although he knows she will never use her hands again. Rhinocort free sample Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/6960953.stm