A heartwarming video of a five-year-old Afghan amputee joyfully dancing on his new prosthetic leg is going viral across the internet.
Ahmad Rahman was just eight months old when he lost his right leg while caught in the middle of fighting between the Taliban and Afghan National Army in the Logar province of Afghanistan.
Although Ahmad has had a series of prosthetics, up until now the poorly fitted devices were too short or uncomfortable and his mobility was still severely limited.
Recently though Ahmad received a new prosthetic from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and he couldn't help but dance for joy.
Now the video of Ahmad's beaming smile and cheerful celebration is going viral across the internet for its pure joyful innocence.
Ahmad received artificial limb in @ICRC_af Orthopedic center, he shows his emotion with dance after getting limbs.… https://t.co/KyQBgPhJcZ— Roya Musawi (@Roya Musawi)1557125859.0
The video of Ahmad was taken by Mulkara Rahimi, a physotherapist working at the ICRC orthopaedic clinic in Kabul.
Rahimi, who spoke to the Press Association said she has known Ahmad "from day one" of his treatment.
Aside from dancing, thanks to his new leg Ahmad can now go to school.
"If there was any fight in school he could not run away like other kids." Rahimi said.
"So they didn't accept him. This kid doesn't go to school and doesn't have access to basic needs. Sometimes they don't even have food to eat."
Rahimi explained that unlike his new leg Ahmad's previous prosthetics caused him pain.
"Every time his prosthetic leg was either short or uncomfortable and was hurting his leg."
Ahmad's new leg however doesn't have the same problems.
"The fourth time it was not hurting him… he was happy that he can dance without any pain any more."
Now Ahmad can walk, go to school, and of course dance.
People across the internet were moved by Ahmad's spirit, joy and determination.
@SamarMinallahKh I saw this a few minutes ago in gym and lot of guys were Afghanis.All were gathered to watch him a… https://t.co/Fq7H3PKciQ— Osama Zia Bismil (@Osama Zia Bismil)1557168586.0
This boy sums up #Afghanistan and #Afghans with his joyful dance. Despite all the suffering Afghans prove their res… https://t.co/s8UjGh0noK— Muzafar Ali (@Muzafar Ali)1557205780.0
@SamarMinallahKh https://t.co/TxRirc3LCx— Shahid Irshad (@Shahid Irshad)1557191449.0
@ICRC The most victorious video I have ever seen. The overwhelming capacity of the human spirit, to not only surviv… https://t.co/yobFCADJ4M— Jessica Ramey-Gillam (@Jessica Ramey-Gillam)1557206041.0
@SamarMinallahKh Thank you for sharing. If that can’t bring smile on your face then nothing can...— Lostmyusername (@Lostmyusername)1557214372.0
@tictoc Nothing more beautiful than seeing a happy child.— felipenopollous (@felipenopollous)1557419494.0
@tictoc This is beautiful and so sad all at once. God bless him.— Nelly (@Nelly)1557417349.0
@tictoc What a cutie! If only humanity had the joy of children.— Una Rose (@Una Rose)1557421287.0
@tictoc Oh my gosh my heart has just melted. How inspiring is this little guy!— Happy Hen Helper (@Happy Hen Helper)1557437470.0
Unfortunately stories like Ahmad's are all too common in Afghanistan these days.
A total of 3,062 cases of child casualties were reported from Afghanistan in 2018 while 2017 saw 3179. https://t.co/2sWTF57jBk— News18 Buzz (@News18 Buzz)1557218829.0
As the tweet went viral, people said they were touched by his innocence and pure joy that many said showed the resi… https://t.co/dtCNb4t7Bb— Nirbhay Dubey (@Nirbhay Dubey)1557249765.0
A landmine took Ahmed's leg. This is the moment he got back on his feet. Over 4,000 civilians were killed or i… https://t.co/XfIDFSsUge— ICRC (@ICRC)1557144062.0
According to Rahimi injuries like Ahmad's are "very common," but most don't receive the same attention as Ahmad.
Rahimi says there are "plenty of other patients whose stories need to get viral."
"Our message to the world is: that you can take away our legs from us but you can't kill our spirits. For all those who create war we want to declare peace."