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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Survivor Story

....and a brave and beautiful little girl
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Zubaida, completed twelve major surgeries over a course of one year and within a short period of time, the transformation was astounding. She began school for the first time in her life at Round Meadow Elementary School in Calabasas, California and learned to speak English in 12 weeks. She attended psychotherapy and physical therapy, as well as, developed many wonderful friendships with her classmates at school.She had her first slumber party on her 11th birthday, March 22nd, 2003. Zubaida say's she would like to be a pediatric doctor and help rebuild her country when she grows up.
I remember hearing the story about this very brave little girl who was burned in a terrible cooking fire accident. She was treated by doctors in Iran and told (after 20 days) that they could not help her. The Iranian doctors told Zubaida's father that he should take her home to die. She survived against all odds but was terribly disfugured. Her father was encouraged by local shop keepers to seek help from American troops in Afghanistan. Through their diligence and help from the State Department (and the The Grossman Burn Center** in Sherman Oaks, California) Zubaida was saved from such horrible scaring. What a blessing she will be to the world when she grows up!

It doesn't seem as though we hear much about what is happening these days in Afghanistan -- (Not enough negatives to draw the attention of the MSM, I 'spoze) but thanks to Bill at INDC Journal I get to see what has happened to Zubaida Hassan. And thank God that the United States was able to help her. And that the blogosphere is around to tell the story.

**there is a donation link at her website -- I can't think of a worthier cause.