Shortly after the incident he was referred to the Integrated Care Programme for Traumatised Children where he was admitted in June 2001.
Since then, a different child has emerged. While the physical damage is still apparent, staff at the Centre have taken great pains to help heal the emotional scars which were preventing Mahmoud from enjoying a normal childhood.
Mahmoud now plays like any other child.
Although there is a long way to go before he is completely rehabilitated, Mahmoud has shown that he has the strength to overcome these traumatic events. His journey from victim to survivor has been inspirational.
Mahmoud is just one of the many children who have received support and treatment at the centre.
His message is the same as that of every child who has passed through the doors of the Centre - one of thanks.
"Before I arrived here, I did not know how I would be able to survive, knowing that I would be seen as different from other children.
“Since coming here, however, I have made new friends and have learnt lots of new things. I am no longer frightened or angry and have learned to accept what has happened. All this is thanks to the staff at the Trauma Centre."