Making music to raise funds is Eldin's aim

A DRUM-playing teenager who lost both his hands in the recent Bosnian civil war is to record a fund raising song with help from a British music therapist. In 1995, 15-year-old Eldin Isovic was blinded and lost both his hands when he picked up a grenade belonging to his soldier Jifather at his home in Sarajevo. He was subsequently airlifted out of the country to the UK for treatment. Eldin first received surgery in Oxford and later moved to Derby.
John Stamp, Christian singer/songwriter, runs the Derby-based Music Therapy For Children Of Trauma Trust, which is affiliated to War Child. Stamp agreed to work with Eldin, despite the general opinion of other therapists that musical treatment for Eldin would be valueless. 18 months on, Eldin has spent many hours learning to play the drums, using specially designed adapted gloves to help him hold the drumsticks. The pair are currently working on a song which will be released early next year to raise money for the trust with the SerboCroation title of "Stari Kaput". John Stamp can be contacted on 01332 200102. CR