Afghan Child Undergoes Surgery At LI Hospital After Shot By Taliban
December 27, 2012
Six-Year-Old Girl shot in face a year ago; operation to help her to breathe normally again
(Long Island, NY) After being shot in the face a year ago in her native village in Afghanistan by Taliban insurgents, six-year-old Marzieh was flown to South Nassau Communities Hospital on Long Island this past week to undergo an extensive and successful operation that has finally enabled her to breathe normally for the first time since her tragic assault.
This true Christmas miracle was a result of Marzieh’s surgeon, Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, president of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, who performed the surgery without charge; South Nassau Communities Hospital; and Mission Restore and the Global Relief Fund, an organization that aids children injured in war-torn countries. All of the aforementioned individuals combined their efforts and heroic work in saving and improving the life of this young girl.
The surgery, which lasted two hours, was reported to be a complete success with Marzieh said to be “resting comfortably.” Marzieh is to remain in the hospital overnight Friday and is expected to be released Saturday.
Dr. Alizadeh said surgeons repaired tissue in her nose that had been scared by bullets from Taliban rifles.
“Her nose was completely scared,” he said. “Doctors grafted skin from both of Marzieh’s ears to cover the scaring in her nose, and also smoothed out a wound on her left check that had been damaged by a bullet.”
Marzieh was horrifically shot in her poor, undeveloped Afghanistan village after being forced to watch the execution of her father and her three year-old brother at the hands of Taliban insurgents.
The United States Marines were also at South Nassau Communities Hospital provide toys for Marzieh through their celebrated Toys for Tots Program.