Thursday, April 26, 2012

CBS UpDate on the Global Medical Relief Fund

Global Medical Relief Fund still going strong
April 25, 2012 - Elissa Montanti is a woman in New York who worried about children in war. She had no money, no experience, but she started a charity to bring these children to the United States for treatment.

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley first met her on assignment for "60 Minutes" a couple of years ago, and decided to catch up to find out what happened to an Iraqi boy that she was caring for, a boy named Wa'ad.

Two years ago, Wa'ad first came to America with his mother Waffa. Elissa Montanti brought them here after an American soldier told her Wa'ad's story.

"He was walking with his friends and they were kicking a bottle. I think the first child kicked a bottle. And then maybe the second. And then he kicked it and it exploded," Montanti said. "It was a bomb."

Wa'ad lost an eye, his right arm and left leg. At the Shriner's Hospital in Philadelphia, Wa'ad was fitted with new limbs. He got a prosthetic eye and in a series of surgeries in New York. Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh reconstructed Wa'ad's face - the face his mother hadn't seen in years. read more>>>

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