Mustafa Returns: Iraqi Boy’s Hope For A Prosthetic Leg Proves Complicated

Mustafa Abed arrived at the airport in Portland, Ore., on April 17. Severely injured as an infant during the battle to liberate Fallujah from al-Qaida, his leg was amputated and he later received medical treatment in Portland, where he returned for further care almost a decade later.

He was injured as a baby and doctors were able to save his life, but not his leg. Now a teenager, he’s in Oregon for a second time, hoping for a second prosthesis to replace the one he outgrew.

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