Sunday, January 01, 2006

Helping Hands

Happy New Year, everyone! May 2006 bring you much love, happiness and laughter.

As my husband and I waited to quietly ring in the new year together last night, we turned on the T.V. so we could see Dick Clark's return to New York's annual celebration. But what really caught our attention was the heart-warming story on the local 11:00 news.

The story of baby Noor al-Zahra, a 3- month old with spina bifida found by U.S. soldiers during a routine raid of the infant's parents' Iraqi home in Baghdad.

The soldiers worked with several American charities to devise the plan to get baby Noor to the U.S. for immediate medical attention, accompanied by her grandmother and father.

The plan worked! The 3 family members arrived in Atlanta, GA just yesterday. Noor will now spend several weeks, maybe months, in the hospital so she can receive proper medical evaluation and care. She'll have her back closure surgery ASAP.

Here's a link to several articles on Baby Noor's journey, from discovery, to arriving in the United States, to prognosis for her future. I couldn't pick just one article to cover all the facts, so I thought this link would help you all research the story as much as you'd like.

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