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Marines Launch Rescue Effort to Save 3-year-old Hadithah Girl
Multi-National Force - Iraq ^
Posted on 01/24/2008 3:35:49 PM PST by SandRat
Marines from Company L, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, came across a family with a three-year-old girl in need of heart surgery. Amina, pictured with her father, was flown to Jordon Jan. 22 and is scheduled to fly to Nashville, Tenn., to have open-heart surgery. Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Coolman.
CAMP FALLUJAH -- Marines operating in Al Anbar Province airlifted a young Hadithah girl in desperate need of a life-saving surgery, and her mother to the Jordanian border Jan. 22.
They were met there by a team of medical professionals who will escort them to Nashville, Tenn., for open-heart surgery.
Amina Al’a Thabit, a 3-year-old who suffers from a congenital heart defect, was discovered by Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, which is now part of Regimental Combat Team 5, patrolling the area as part of their daily interaction with the populace.
The battalion surgeon diagnosed her condition, and recognizing the gravity of the situation, coordinated arrangements with doctors in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University who agreed to perform the surgery at no cost to the family.
The Marines, in concert with numerous government agencies, initiated a coordinated effort to transport Amina and her mother from their home in the Hadithah region to Nashville for the procedure.
Travel costs and incidentals were financed by private donors.
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 3yearold; frwn; girl; iraq; marines; save
posted on 01/24/2008 3:35:51 PM PST
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posted on 01/24/2008 3:36:28 PM PST
(Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
posted on 01/24/2008 3:38:42 PM PST
posted on 01/24/2008 3:39:00 PM PST
Fantastic!! These Marines are called all kinds of names by the wacko Libs, one of the worst being Baby Killers. I wonder how much MSM coverage they will get for saving this baby’s life? I really don’t need to wonder.
Wait, wait. How can this be?
"... there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs."
I suspect that Amina's father would like to "speak" with Senator Kerry about that statement.
posted on 01/24/2008 3:45:03 PM PST
by El Gato
("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
Very heart warming. We should definitely have some friends over there.
posted on 01/24/2008 4:18:53 PM PST
(Missing my grade school desk which protected from nuclear blasts.)
God Bless our fine military. God Bless those private donors. This is wonderful.
posted on 01/24/2008 4:20:45 PM PST
(Such tough choices ahead, I'm now a "middle of the road" voter--somewhere between RUSH & Savage ;-))
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