|Award of Excellence|
Los Angeles Times
"A healing bond"
Two sisters open their home and hearts, agreeing to care for Arefa, an Afghan child who was sent to Los Angeles for medical care after being severely burned. The experience changes all three lives.
When Arefa met doctors shortly after her arrival to L.A. they told the sisters that her head wound was severely infected. The surgery Arefa came for would have to wait. The infection and her malnutrition made it too risky to operate. The sisters needed to help her get her strength back and Arefa soon settled into a routine. During the day, she spent hours at playgrounds, climbing ladders and barreling down slides, smiling. But she grew tense whenever she saw TV images of helicopters and war.