Airmen Help Bring Iraqi Infant To America
Medical teams from the
791st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron assisted with
the medical evacuation of a critically ill 8-month-old Iraqi girl
May 18 and 19.
Fatemah Kalil Hassan was transferred to the Children’s
Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to undergo specialized treatment for an
abnormal growth of a blood vessel on the right side of her face and
neck. The life-threatening growth was obstructing her airway,
Medics configured the oxygen, monitors and equipment for the
plane and provided other assistance as needed, said Lt. Col. James
Bruhl, director of operations for the 791st EAES.
“It’s nice to do something like this and provide
humanitarian aid to this baby,” Colonel Bruhl said.
The process started when Fatemah’s 21-year-old mother,
Beyda’a Amir Abduk Jabar, contacted an Army doctor at a U.S.
medical clinic in Iraq.
Officials at Theater Patient Movement Requirement Center-Europe
here quickly coordinated the movement because of the baby’s
urgent need for care, said Capt. Chris Grippo, the center’s
An aircrew from the 89th Airlift Squadron at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base, Ohio, flew the mission on a C-141 Starlifter
Fatemah and her mother were accompanied by an Arabic translator
and a physician’s assistant from the Army National
Guard’s 230th Support Battalion in Iraq.
The first leg of the journey flew here from Iraq on May 18.
After an overnight stay at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the
baby and her mother continued to Ohio on May 19.
Ms. Jabar expressed her appreciation for all the efforts and
speed in which everyone responded to get her baby the care she
“I’m a bit nervous, but I am very grateful to
everyone for helping us out,” Ms. Jabar said. “Thank
you very much for all that you are doing.” [ANN Thanks 1st
Lt. Tracy Giles, 435th Air Base Wing Public Affairs]