New Year, New Leg For 8-year-old War Victim

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By Bill Sorem
Mustafa A-Tameeni, a Muslim 8 year old from Najaf Iraq received a new prosthetic leg from his American supporters in time for Christmas, 2010.

Mustafa was severely injured in a home fire caused by the degraded Iraq electrical power grid. He lost his right leg and has severe damages to his left arm, hand and left foot. Previous story: A Leg For Mustafa

Mustafa and his mother Shayma Hasan are in Minnesota as a result of humanitarian efforts by St. Joan of Arc Church, The Mayo Clinic, Shriners Hospital for Children and Gillette Hospital. All are contributing money and services to make possible Mustafa’s rehabilitation.

St. Joan Parishioners have committed to support Mustafa and family for an extended period. As a growing boy, he will need a new leg every year.

He is adjusting to a new leg, and is told he must give up the hand crutch in two weeks. He’s going to the Mayo Clinic for arm surgery to try and repair his loss of pinch control with his right hand. Eventually Mustafa will return to Iraq where disabilities, such as missing a leg, are looked upon with shame. The new leg and the rehabilitation will help him stick out less.

Asked if he would like to bring Minnesota’s snow back to Iraq, Mustafa replied with a quick “no”.

Editors note: St. Joan of Arc Church is accepting donations to help pay for Mustafa’s medical bills.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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