Afghani kids coming to Coeur d'Alene for medical treatment

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 6:35 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Five children from Afghanistan are arriving at Spokane Airport Friday night for specialized medical treatment this summer from a team of doctors in Coeur D’Alene.

The children are being flown in from Kabul, Afghanistan.  All of them have debilitating conditions, ranging from congenital birth defects to war wounds.

The kids will get treatment they cannot obtain in their home country, according to Dr. Duane Craddock with Coeur D’Alene Pediatrics.  He is part of the team of Idaho specialists who will provide everything from surgery and dental work to antibiotics and therapy - all of which will be donated.

“This gives them the opportunity to be more mobile, more accepted, have less pain, and just function,” said Craddock.

The Afghani children are scheduled to be in the U.S. for six weeks.

National non-profit organization Solace for the Children is making the medical trip possible.  The group is holding a fundraising gala July 25th, called “A Night in Persia Dinner and Auction,” to help raise the $4, 500 for each child’s airfare, visa, and other travel arrangements.

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