Friday, December 21, 2007
Cruelty like that really does exist in the world. You will see it if you watch the CNN Impact Your World Special "Rescuing Youssif." But, you will see something else. Something that is wonderful. Something that offers hope and optimism. You will see goodness that fights that cruelty with a vengeance. And wins. You see, when correspondent Arwa Damon and her producer Mohammed first started reporting the story on CNN, people all over the world reacted. You reacted. You gave letters of support, and money to help. Hundreds of thousands of dollars. It was enough to bring Youssif and his family to the United States and to house them for the entire time of his treatment. It was enough to start Youssif on the path to care for those horribly disfiguring burns. It was enough to make Youssif safe. It was enough to impact the world.
Through Youssif's eyes, you will see what happened on that awful day. You will be taken on a journey from the bombs in Baghdad to the beaches of Los Angeles. You will watch state-of-the-art burn surgery at work and learn about Dr. Peter Grossman, who stepped up to take care of Youssif and donated all of his services. You will see a remarkable transformation. As you watch, though, look not just at the physical healing, but notice the emotional healing as well. If you are like me, it will give you chills and make you feel good inside.
Maybe it's because I am a doctor, or maybe because I have children of my own, but I could not stop thinking about Youssif. Maybe it's that I have spent time in Iraq seeing things that I wish I could erase from my mind. For all those reasons and many more, I am so proud to be able to report this story, along with Arwa Damon, a woman I admire. Watch, and you will see why it just may be the best story to come out of this war. It is goodness overcoming cruelty.
Programming note: CNN's Impact Your World Special "Rescuing Youssif" premieres Monday at 10 p ET. It airs again at 4p ET Tuesday and Friday at 8p ET.
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