The story

"I said to myself, 'This is it. I'm going to lose my son,' " Youssif's father said.

He was describing complications that arose after Thursday's surgery on Youssif, his 5-year-old son who was badly burned in Iraq by masked men. The father traveled more than 7,500 miles with his family to get help for his boy, and here he was suddenly worrying about his son's life.

Youssif had undergone his most important surgery last Thursday, one that removed a scar that stretched more than half a foot across his face. But a few hours after the initial joyous celebration of a successful surgery, Youssif's sheets were soaked in blood.

Lead surgeon Dr. Peter Grossman and his team quickly returned to the operating room to locate the source of the bleeding. It was an arterial blood vessel and it was brought under control in half an hour.

But Youssif's ordeal was far from over. Read full article »

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Rescuing Youssif
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