Report: Syrian health care on brink of collapse



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BEIRUT (AP) — An international charity organization says Syria's health care system is on the brink of collapse, with newborns dying in hospital incubators during power cuts and children having their limbs amputated for lack of other ways to treat their injuries.

The independent charity Save the Children says health workers are forced to engage in "brutal medical practices" to treat people and save lives — like knocking out patients with metal bars because of lack of anesthesia.

During the 3-year-old conflict, millions of children have been exposed to deadly diseases, some of which are preventable with vaccinations and proper, basic medical equipment, the charity said in its report released Monday.

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