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Baby Noor has successful surgery

Corrects deformity in foot and ankle caused by spina bifida

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Noor arrives on New Year's Eve in Atlanta, Georgia, where she underwent life-saving surgery.

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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Baby Noor, the 4-month-old Iraqi girl brought to the United States for life-saving medical treatment after being discovered by U.S. soldiers in Baghdad, had successful orthopedic surgery Friday, according to a hospital statement.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said that "correcting the (foot and ankle) deformity should lower the risk of injuries and allow her to wear normal shoes."

Baby Noor "is resting comfortably at her host family's home" with "a bright pink cast on her left leg."

Dr. Michael Busch, who operated on her, was the first to sign it, according to a statement the hospital attributed to him.

The procedure released "congenitally shortened tendons and overly tight ligaments" in the back of her left ankle. The deformity was caused by Baby Noor's spina bifida and "associated spinal cord abnormalities," the hospital said.

The baby underwent surgery last month to realign and enclose her spinal column. Spina bifida is a birth defect in which the spinal vertebrae do not form completely around the spinal cord.

That surgery was complicated by the fact that she was not treated for the condition within days of her birth, and as a result, tissue grew over her spinal cord. (More on surgery)

Doctors said Baby Noor most likely will remain a paraplegic and will have to use a wheelchair.

She is expected to wear the leg cast for the next three weeks before switching to a custom-made splint for the next two to three months, the hospital said.

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