LIVINGSTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 6-year-old Afghan boy born with his bladder outside his body has been reunited with the U.S. soldier who arranged for his rare operation in a New Jersey hospital.

Army Maj. Glenn Battschinger of Mays Landing, N.J., was on foot patrol in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in April 2010 when he came across Muslam Hagigshah, a frail child who had to constantly hold his leaking bladder in his hand.

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Battschinger arranged for Egyptian-born doctor Moneer Hanna to perform a series of operations to correct the birth defect. The boy has been living with a New Jersey foster family and attending kindergarten during his recovery.

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He was reunited with Battschinger on Friday at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Battschinger plans to accompany Muslam back to Afghanistan once he has recovered.

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