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Iraqi girl gets chance at normal life

A THREE-YEAR-OLD Iraqi girl who was blinded and disfigured in a 2006 Baghdad car bombing has returned to Iraq's capital with a new set of prosthetic eyes after medical treatment in London, the United Kingdom.

Shams still can't see, but her family says the reconstructive surgery - which is expected to take years - will give her a chance at a normal life without a scarred appearance.

"Her condition has already improved with her new appearance," said her father, Husham Fadhil. "Her two brothers were impressed when they saw her eyes. She is still very active. She does not need to go to any doctor here."

Shams was riding with her mother in the back seat of her father's pickup truck when a car bomb exploded nearby on November 23, 2006 - one of five simultaneous blasts that killed more than 200 people in Baghdad's Shiite district of Sadr City. Her mother died.

Her story touched many hearts after it was reported by The Associated Press and posted on YouTube. The Times of London took up her cause and raised US$213,000 to enable Shams to travel to London for surgery.


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