A 6-year-old girl, who was shot in the face by the Taliban after witnessing the murder of her father and 3-year-old brother in their small mountainside village in Afghanistan, has been flown to New York for life saving surgery that will take place at South Nassau Communities Hospital.
The girl, identified only as Marzieh, was shot after she saw Taliban soliders murder her father and brother in the mountainside village of Daikundi.
Marzieh has been unable to breath through her nose since the shooting. At South Nassau Communities Hospital, Marzieh will under a right orbit reconstruction, removal of scars from her nose and an ear cartiledge graft to the nasal septum. The surgery is expected to take several hours.
Marzieh will be accompanied to the surgery by her uncle, with whom she is currently staying in Staten Island.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, president of Mission Restore in Garden City, which provides free medical care for children across the world that are injured in times of crisis.
U.S. Marines will also be on hand, providing toys for Marzia through the Toys for Tots program.