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Iraqi Infant Arrives In U.S. For Medical Treatment


http://gdb.rferl.org/a25c2e66-eee6-4653-b33c-9bce5084dbad_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/a25c2e66-eee6-4653-b33c-9bce5084dbad_mw800_mh600.jpg U.S. soldiers in action in Iraq (file photo) (CTK) 1 January 2006 -- An Iraqi baby whose cause was taken up by some U.S. soldiers has arrived in the United States to receive medical treatment for a life-threatening birth defect.


The three-month-old girl -- known widely as Baby Noor -- flew in to the city of Atlanta, in the southern state of Georgia, with her father and grandmother on 31 December and was taken to a pediatric hospital for examination.


The infant has been diagnosed with spina bifida, a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal cord have not completely closed, leaving her vulnerable to life-threatening infections or disorders.


Reports say she is expected to undergo surgery to correct the problem in a week or so.


U.S. soldiers led the way in arranging for Baby Noor to travel to the United States for treatment after they learned of her ailment following a raid in December on her home in Abu Ghurayb, west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.


(Reuters/AP/AFP/dpa)

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