Iraqi Child Injured In U.S. Air Strike Has Surgery

July 19, 2008 12:07 am Published by

GREENVILLE, S.C. — An Iraqi girl who was left disfigured by a U.S. missile attack had surgery in Greenville Thursday.

Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons at the Greenville Shriners Hospital amputated 7-year-old Rusul Jalal’s right foot during a two-hour surgery. Melissa Bayles, hospital public relations specialist, said that Rusul came out of the surgery in great spirits and was in her room laughing and talking with her father.

Rusul is expected to stay in the hospital for a few days before going back to the Ronald McDonald house to recover.

Once her cast comes off in approximately four weeks and her leg is completely healed, Rusul will be fitted for a below the knee prosthetic.

The little girl is in Greenville for treatment after a missile attack disfigured her leg while playing outside her home in Iraq.

Rusul’s older sister Salee came to Greenville last summer for medical treatment for injuries she suffered in the same missile attack. She is back home in Iraq and WYFF was told she is doing well.

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