Sara was traveling home late one night with her family in Afghanistan when the Taliban stopped and attacked her car. Her uncle and sister were killed and she was left in a coma from eleven bullets.
“When a bullet penetrates anybody it's like an earthquake… and when the body is only 53 pounds, the damage is tremendous,” said her trainer Kevin Kuckos.
While being treated at a NATO hospital, Sara was referred to "Solace for the Children,” a non-profit organization that brings wounded Afghani children to the US for rehabilitation. It was initially believe that Sara would never get better. She couldn’t feel herself and she could barely lift up her own head when she arrived in the US. Now, she is practicing standing and doing pull-ups.
“She is everything you would hope would come from a child that has experienced such a tragedy,” said Sandy Tabor-Gray of Solace for the Children. After therapy you can find Sara playing basketball. She joined the Charlotte Bobcats Wheelchair Basketball team for children.
Since Sara arrived in October, she's made great strides in her recovery. But the biggest leap of all... she leaves to fate... and her faith.
“I'm not saying… sure my foot is coming back. I don't know if my foot is coming back but I trust my God,” she said.
After working for solace for the last 12 years, Kucko's perspective about Afghanistan has changed from working with these children.
“The majority of the families out there are just like us. They want their kids out of harm’s way and they want to get through the day without problems,” he says. "Sara’s mission when she gets home is to help the children of Afghanistan."
In order to help Sara and other children like her, donate to Solace for the Children. Your money goes to all of the fees that are associated with bringing a child over and fulfilling their needs while they are here. The medical treatment is donated by local medical professionals.
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