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Friday, January 13, 2006

"It's just a delight to see"

CNN: Baby Noor released from Atlanta hospital---

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Doctors on Friday released Baby Noor, the 3-month-old Iraqi girl brought to the United States for life-saving medical treatment after being discovered by U.S. soldiers in Baghdad.

"Her prognosis is excellent as far as her ability to develop normally and cognitively," Dr. Roger Hudgins, the pediatric neurosurgeon at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, told CNN's "Live From."

Hudgins performed the surgery Monday to realign and enclose her spinal column.

She suffered from spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal vertebrae do not form completely around the spinal cord.

Noor will most likely not regain the use of her legs and will have to use a wheelchair, Hudgins said.
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Soldiers from the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade found the baby during a routine "knock-and-search" raid of the family's Baghdad home in December. They worked with U.S. officials and charitable groups to bring Noor to Atlanta for medical treatment.

Doctors have said she would have died without surgery for her spina bifida.

Hudgins said Noor left the hospital Friday with a big smile, which had been absent in recent days.

"She was smiling before the surgery like that and then, a couple days after the surgery she was not very happy with us," he said. "But this morning before she left she had that big broad smile on her face again, it's just a delight to see."
This is the sort of good our men and women of the military are working in Iraq. Do you think Saddam would have cared for little Baby Noor? He probably would have dropped her through a meat grinder or left her on the street to die.