It’s the chance of a lifetime for a 12-year-old boy. He grew up in war torn Iraq, different from all of the other kids. His appearance is scarred by burns covering his body. A young boy with special needs is now being addressed halfway round the world right here in mid-Michigan. A year ago, he had never heard of Michigan, he’d never seen snow and the United States was a far away place only on TV, but it’s amazing the difference one year can make. Mohammed never dreamed he’d be here, experiencing all America has to offer. Apple picking, of course, is a Michigan must, but it’s a far cry from his home. As a baby Mohammed was the victim of a house fire, his body badly burned.
Major David Howell, helping Mohammed: “Completely destroyed his scalp and burned the entire left side of his face, left arm, all the way down to his left foot.”
That’s the only tragedy to strike Mohammed. His father was an interpreter for American troops during the war, but insurgents killed him. Shortly after, Mohammed found another dad, of sorts- Major David Howell. They met while major Howell was on a one year tour of duty and Howell decided he had to help. Major Howell arranged to bring Mohammed here to the US. He arrived back in April to a big reception, TV cameras and gifts from people he’d never met, a difficult adjustment at first, but now Mohammed is a changed kid, finally getting the help he needs.