Doctors inspired by spirit of Afghani girl injured by IED
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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – A 9-year-old Afghani girl has a brighter future thanks to the generous spirit of some in North Carolina.
"She's very thankful to all the doctors and very happy they made all the great work they have done for her," her interpreter, Edris, said.
The girl was seriously injured during an IED explosion three years ago that killed three of her siblings, and just 24 hours after surgery, Farida was running around like any other child her age.
"It was obvious she lost the eye. She was treated at a battlefield hospital. They have to do what they have to do," said Dr. Briggs Cook, of the Skin Center of North Carolina.
"She is actually giving more back to us then we are probably giving to her. I am so thankful for everyone in this process," Cook said.
Cook performed surgery on Farida's left eye. He says it could take two to six weeks, but she will also receive a prosthetic eye.
"Receiving a prosthetic eye, where she's going to look more normal, gives her a future,” said Sandy Tabor-Gray, of Solace for the Children Lake Norman. “Right now, she doesn't have much of a future, as far as an Afghan woman goes, because of how the culture is."
Farida's host family says they can already see a difference in the little girl.
"She's so much happier it seems like today. I can't say it from what she says but I think she's getting excited about the fact that she's getting some relief medically," host father Kurt Karnatz said.
Through her interpreter, Farida said her parents will be very happy for her when she gets back home.