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    MAUSTON, Wis.—Capt. Scott Southworth knew he'd face violence, political strife and blistering heat when he was deployed to one of Baghdad's most dangerous areas. But he didn't expect Ala'a Eddeen.

    Ala'a was 9 years old, strong of will but weak of body -- he suffered from cerebral palsy and weighed just 55 pounds. He lived among about 20 kids with physical or mental disabilities at the Mother Teresa orphanage, under the care of nuns who preserved this small oasis in a dangerous place.

    On Sept. 6, 2003, halfway through his 13-month deployment, Southworth and his military police unit paid a visit to the orphanage. They played and chatted with the children; Southworth was talking with one little girl when Ala'a dragged his body to the soldier's side.

    Black haired and brown eyed, Ala'a spoke to the 31-year-old American in the limited English he had learned from the sisters. He recalled the bombs that struck government buildings across the Tigris River.

    "Bomb-Bing! Bomb-Bing!" Ala'a said, raising and lowering his fist.

    "I'm here now. You're fine," the captain said.

    Over the next 10 months, the unit returned to the orphanage again and again. The soldiers would race kids in their wheelchairs, sit them in Humvees and help the sisters feed them.

    To Southworth, Ala'a was like a little brother. But Ala'a -- who had longed for a soldier to rescue him -- secretly began referring to Southworth as "Baba," Arabic for "Daddy."

    Then, around Christmas, a sister told Southworth that Ala'a was getting too big. He would have to move to a government-run facility within a year.

    "Best case scenario was that he would stare at a blank wall for the rest of his life," Southworth said.

    To this day, he recalls the moment when he resolved that that would not happen.

    "I'll adopt him," he said.

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    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/ar...option/?page=1
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    Kick ass feel good story of the year.
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    i smell a sitcom! It'll be like Perfect Strangers except instead of surrounding the mad cap hijinx that ensue when a goat herder from Mypos comes to live with his cousin in New York it will be about the mad cap hijinx that ensue when a horribly ill child comes from a horrific third world regime to live with a brave US soldier...i tell you, I smell a sweeps hit!!

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    Thats a great story.
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    A truly heartwarming story. Thanks for posting it.

 

 

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