Bringing SALSA from @uofa to Peshawar: Saving Limbs and Lives

Faisal Shah Jehan and Numan Khan see the world a bit differently. Their home, Peshawar, Pakistan, has been on the front lines of trauma and tragedy for many years. One month before their arrival in the United States, more than 140 people, mostly children, were killed in a bomb blast at a local school. However, both of them are here for a more quiet problem– diabetes. “In fact, more people are losing their legs from diabetes than from all of the bombs combined” noted Faisal, who is completing his medical training alongside his colleague, Numan Khan, who finished Faisal’s thought “So we must bring the very best methods of treatment in limb and life salvage back home.” The two have set up a medical “grand tour” taking them to many units, the final one being The University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), led by David G. Armstrong and Joseph Mills. “We are honored to have people from around the world at SALSA, every day, noted Dr. Armstrong, but it is particularly true in this instance with Numan and Faisal. They’re at the front lines of injury and wounds every day– but there is a silent, sinister problem happening underneath the surface– and that is diabetes– which is quietly affecting more people than the loudest bomb blast.” People with diabetes often lose sensation and develop vascular disease, both of which can lead to wounds, gangrene, and loss of limb or death. “What these young men are doing may never get the attention it deserves,” said Dr. Mills, “but that doesn’t mean it isn’t noble. Quite the opposite.”

From Left: Dr. Armstrong with Faisal Shah Jehan and Numan Khan of Peshawar

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