Girl from Afghanistan recovers in NY from Taliban bullet

1:54 PM, Dec 22, 2012   |    comments
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OCEANSIDE, N.Y. - A 6-year-old girl from Afghanistan is recovering at a Long Island hospital after undergoing surgery on her face to repair damage done by a Taliban bullet.

Newsday reports that the child, named Marizeh, held a toy unicorn and blew kisses as a nurse carried her past well-wishers before her surgery Friday at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y.

The girl's father and 3-year-old brother died when their car was attacked by Taliban fighters.

Marizeh survived a gunshot wound to the face, but lost her eye and suffered nasal passage damage that interfered with her breathing.

Her surgery in New York was arranged by a nonprofit group called Mission: Restore of Garden City.

It provides free plastic surgery to children in war zones.

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