A six-year-old Afghani girl named Marzieh, who was shot in the face last year by Taliban insurgents, received life changing medical treatment at a Long Island hospital last week.
Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, Marzieh’s surgeon, is a founder of Mission Restore, an organization that helps children who are injured in war torn nations. Dr. Alizadeh, who is also president of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group in Garden City, performed the surgery without charge.
Marzieh’s injuries were incurred after she was forced to witness the execution of both her father and her young brother in their native village. The Global Medical Relief Fund of Staten Island, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides aid to children who have been severely injured by war, natural disaster or illness, helped bring Marzieh to the United States.
The procedure performed by Dr. Alizadeh included repairing scar tissue in her nose with skin grafts taken from both of her ears. “Her nose was completely scared,” Dr. Alizadeh said. Doctors also smoothed out a scar on her left cheek, the result of a gunshot wound. The entire procedure took two hours, and afterward Marzieh was reported to be “resting comfortably” at South Nassau Communities Hospital.