By PAAIA Editorial Staff
August 4, 2010, New York, New York – Thanks to renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, an Iraqi boy who was dreadfully injured after setting off an improvised explosive device (IED) has been given a second chance at life.
Nine year old Waad Baktar was playing with his friends in the outskirts of Baghdad when he mistakenly set off an IED, which left him without an arm, a leg, an eye and any hope for a decent future.
An American soldier stationed in Iraq brought Baktar’s predicament to the attention of the Global Medical Relief Fund, a Staten Island based charity, which arranged for the boy’s travel to New York for medical treatment at no cost to Baktar’s family.
Over the course of four months and twelve surgeries, Dr. Alizadeh and his team provided reconstructive surgery to Baktar’s face and foot. Baktar also received a prosthetic arm and leg from the Shriner’s hospital in Philadelphia and a prosthetic eye from a physician based in Manhattan.
“They fixed this young man and made him whole again,” explained Congressman Gary Akerman (D-NY) during a farewell ceremony for Baktar at the North Shore University Hospital in Long Island. “They turned what was a nightmare of a situation into a functioning, happy, smiling human being once again.”
Click here to view CBS News report with Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh.