The Doctors: Six-Year-Old Shot By Taliban
Fatima was on her way home with her father in Afghanistan when their car was shot at by Taliban militants. Her father hid her under his robes, but the Taliban shot him 16 times and her brother 11 times. Fatima was shot once, in the head. The bullet miraculously missed her brain, going through her cheek and taking out her eye. She was in the car for three hours before someone felt safe enough to come and retrive the bodies and found her alive.
Fatima, also known as Marzia, is only six years old. The world came to this little girl’s aid after her family was attacked and two doctors helped her with reconstructive surgery.
The Doctors: Young Girl Gets Reconstructive Surgery After Taliban Shooting
Fatima was taken to the United States once she was stable and plastic surgeons worked on reconstructing the inside of her nose. The nasal passage was destroyed by the bullet. Doctors took skin and cartilage from her ear to reconstruct her nasal passage. They were very pleased with how the surgery went.
The surgeon, Dr Kaveh Alizadeh, works with Mission: Restore. A group of plastic surgeons provide training and help to plastic surgeons in other countries provide care similar to that of the United States in their home countries. Their skills are invaluable in cases like Fatima’s.
Dr Alizadeh showed that the bullet really destroyed the inside of her face. She has internal scarring through her face. She was unable to sleep because she could not breathe out of her nose. The nasal passage was completely blocked. Her septum was pulled to the side because of scar tissue. Growing up, Fatima would have developed Dish Face, which is wear the face grows long, but is unable to project growth out. The doctors recreate and realigned her nasal passage.
Global Medical Relief Fund Gives Children Affected by War Hope
Fatima’s doctors wanted to restore function and form to her face. They didn’t want to create more damage or let Fatima grow up self-conscious about her looks after what happened to her. Elissa is the founder of Global Medical Relief Fund. She was the one that brought Fatima to the States in order to receive proper treatment. She started this 15 years after a young boy in Bosnia stepped on a landmine and had three of his limbs amputated. She said the organization is able to give help to those that need it and to partner with Mission: Restore. The organization has helped about 160 children and had many follow ups.
Fatima came out, recovering well from her surgery with a glass eye in place. She was full of smiles and happiness. It’s a testament to the good that the Global Medical Relief Fund and Mission: Restore do.