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Syrian Girl Got Treatment in Tri-State
A nine-year-old Syrian girl who received a prosthetic arm in Cincinnati will fly back to Syria Wednesday as the United States and other countries discuss a possible military strike against the regime of the country's president.
Rawan Mubarak lost her arm when her neighborhood in the suburbs of Damascus came under shelling. Her parents reached out to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund for help. The organization arranged for her medical care in Cincinnati.
"She says she's excited to go back to Syria to see her family but she's sad because she'll miss us," said Zobaida Falah, who translated for Rawan.
Falah's family hosted Rawan during her three-month stay.
"It's been great. I've always wanted a younger sister so having her here has a dream come true kind of," Falah said.
Rawan spent her last night in the U.S. with her host family playing with friends and her cat Ollie.
Falah and others are concerned for Rawan since she's returning to Syria as the situation there escalates. Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is suspected of using chemical weapons on his own people. The United States is discussing a possible military response with its allies.
"We've become very used to having her around and seeing her and talking to her so it's very sad to be seeing her leaving tomorrow and given the very tense situation in Syria," said Deema Magathe, of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund.
Rawan spent a lot of time with Magathe's children. She says Rawan's family is very excited to see her.
Rawan is still learning how to use her new arm but her host family says it's made her more confident.
"Before she would have to put a sock on it to hide it but now she doesn't have to do that," Falah said.
When Rawan returns to Syria, she'll enter the fourth grade. Her host family says they are glad they could be a part of helping her get the treatment she needed.
"I really hoped that it helped to enhance her life," Falah said.
Since Rawan was wounded, her family moved out of the suburbs of Damascus. They now live closer to the center of the city where it's considered safer. Her host family plans to keep in touch with her via Skype.