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Guardsman Brings Iraqi Boy to U.S. for Surgery

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A badly burned Iraqi boy has gotten his
wish to be taken to America.
The 12-year-old has arrived in Michigan, where he'll spend the
next 12 to 18 months undergoing skin grafts and reconstructive
surgery at a Lansing hospital, courtesy of American donors.
When he was an infant, the boy named Mohammed suffered burns
over 30 percent of his body in a house fire. He has scars on his
scalp and face, his left index finger is deformed, and he has
little use of his left arm.
While he's getting treatment, he'll attend classes at the
Greater Lansing Islamic School in East Lansing and live with a
Muslim host family that has roots in Iraq.
Mohammed was welcomed to Lansing yesterday with a ceremony. Also
there was the Army National Guard physician's assistant who helped
arrange it all, Army Maj. David Howell.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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