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Mona Basu, a reporter covering the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, brings us the story of an Iraqi baby they are trying to save:
Abu Ghraib, Iraq — First Lt. Jeff Morgan watched with concern as Soad Jaffar al-Hasan cradled her precious baby girl, the mother's smile masking the inevitable.If the unit sounds familiar to you it might be because SGT Mike Stokely was a member of the 48th. Read Noor's story here: GIs try for a Christmas miracle - time is growing short, but perhaps you can help.
Morgan, a single father of five from Douglas County, knew that in a few months, possibly weeks, Noor, al-Hassan's firstborn, would succumb to a birth defect.
"If no one helps us, the baby will die," Noor's grandmother, Iman Sami Abbas, told visiting soldiers with the Georgia Army National Guard.
Noor, whose name means light in Arabic, was born with a severe form of spina bifida. Iraqi doctors lack the resources to treat her. They sent her family home, telling them the baby had 45 days at most to live. Barring a miracle, the light in their lives would go out.
Noor beat the odds and will be 3 months old Friday. Her time, though, is running out. No one is sure how long she will live in her condition.
But Noor's family might get the miracle they have dreamed of, thanks to soldiers from the 48th Brigade Combat Team's 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment.