A terrible accident in Iraqi sends a small Iraqi boy to Pittsburgh for recovery. (Watch video clip.) He lost an eye in a bombing in Fallujah and now eight-year-old Abdul Hakim Ismael Hussein has been brought here to get medical attention.
Abdul arrived in Pittsburgh yesterday with his father in a trip arranged by the group “No More Victims.”
Right now, he is staying with a woman who volunteered to house him.
Today, he was scheduled a doctor in the first of what may be many medical evaluations.
The damage to the left side of his face was so extensive, he will at least need a prosthetic eye, skin grafting, jaw surgery and tooth replacement.
Despite all this, Cole Miller of No More Victims said Abdul is adjusting to life in the U.S. faster than you could ever imagine.
“He loved the meal that Maria cooked for him. It was just chicken and carrots and brown rice. He just scarfed it up. He ate all of it. But he’s picking everything up really quickly. He loves Playstation,” said Miller. “He’s picking up words really quickly. Now he will say, ‘Oh my gosh. You know?’”
Abdul arrived in New York on Friday.
Miller says they will be taking Abdul around Pittsburgh to do a little bit of sight seeing.
Besides his medical appointments, they hope he’ll see the U.S. a little bit.
The biggest adjustment outside of the medical treatment will begetting used to the cold weather.