NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A 6-year-old Middle Eastern girl was so severely burned that her growth and mobility would’ve been severely limited had it not been for the help of some Nassau County doctors.

The Long Island-based, not-for-profit group Mission: Restore took on young Nebal Hani al Shamali’s case and she was moved from Gaza to Egypt, where she was immediately flown for care at the Nassau County Burn Center.

Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh tells 1010 WINS’ Alice Stockton-Rossini that if it wasn’t for their quick action the girl would’ve never received the necessary treatment

(Photo courtesy of Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh)

Doctors said the timing could not have been better. Just days later, the riots erupted in the streets and the girl may have never received the treatment that she desperately needed.

“She came here; we basically got rid of all the scars and provided her with new skin grafts so that now she could have full mobility and ambulation,” the group’s founder, Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, told 1010 WINS. “She’s a very cute girl.”

“We took a lot of small pieces of skin from other areas of the legs that had been uninjured and covered the areas where we had removed the terrible scars,” Alizadeh said.

Two weeks after the surgery, the girl is moving around and on the road to recovery.

“She’s ambulating, she’s doing great, smiling, playing with her teddy bear,” Alizadeh said.

Mission: Restore provided pro bono medical care along with transportation and hospital costs.

Comments (4)
  1. karen s says:

    kudos to dr alizadeh and his entire team. an international, interdenominational effort to help a beautiful young girl. may she live a long and happy life. it’s a small world, after all

    1. Andy Kraus says:

      Just to clarify, the surgery by Dr. Alizadeh was at South Nassau Communities Hospital, not NUMC as stated in the piece.

  2. Donna Smallwood says:

    God bless all of you… this is one fine example of how we need to help each other in this life. We are one human family spread out on a large but dying planet; we need to put our energy and resources to work to help all of us surivive. What is done to and for one member of the human family is done to and for us all! May you be forever blessed for helping this precious child.

  3. Raymond North Wales UK says:

    Wow Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh you are the best… i wish the whole world was like you god bless you and your medical staff…

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