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    Afghan child returns from treatment in US

    JALALABAD (PAN): An Afghan child, who received medical treatment in America with the help of a US Army officer at the provincial reconstruction team (PRT), was reunited with his family in Nangarhar on Thursday.

    The 7-year-old Muslim, who did not have the excretory system at birth and had a urinary obstruction, was donated $400 by Capt. Glin Bestinger for two operations in the US.

    Capt. Bestinger handed over the child to his father at a ceremony attended by Nangarhar Governor Gul Agha Sherzai.

    The PRT official told Pajhwok Afghan News he saw the child a year back in his mother’s lap in the Farm Hadda in Jalalabad. He gave some money to the child at the time.

    The captain added he could contact HTC -- an organization working for children -- in the New Jersey state with the help of his mother.  Bestinger managed to receive $400 for the child's operations.

    Egyptian Surgeon Hena conducted a very complex operation on him, removing a tumor from the child's body and transplanting a new excretory system on him.

     Bestinger said Hena, one of the world’s top three surgeons, conducted the third complex operation on the child in his career. The minor would undergo another operation next year in New Jersey, where he would have a penile transplant.

    Praising the US officer, Sherzai thanked the PRT for its service to the poor child. He also donated $5,000 to the child’s father, Haqiq Shah.

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