"Thank You For Save Her, Sir!" Proud Parents Bring Back A Healthy, Adorable Sema

A photo of Sema, the first Iraqi child to receive an Arterial Switch procedure in Najaf, Iraq.

Every mission I could swear I'd met the cutest child on the planet, they're always one-upping each other. But today this little jewel was carried into the hospital break room, and I'm quite sure she takes the cake. And the crazy thing is, I'd already met her and didn't realize it!

Her name is Sema (pronounced seh-mah), and she was the first arterial switch operation to be performed in Najaf last February. She was actually one of the first operations from Remedy Mission IX, and now she's back for a post-op screening (just to make sure everything's working alright).

Since our last encounter, Sema has learned how to smile, clap, eat on her own, and her skin is now a nice, life-like hue—as opposed to the blueberry tone she had before. Her parents were ecstatic and insisted that I take photos—a dream come true for any photographer!

After Sema had thoroughly won all of us over, her father grabbed Dr. Novick's hand and, with a cracking voice and moist eyes, said, "Thank you for save her, sir!" His joy was a great reminder of why we do what we do, and it was a great reminder of how desperate these parents are. As you can imagine, the entire team was encouraged by their visit.

But Sema and her sweet smile wouldn't be with us today if it weren't for you—you gave money to make sure these Remedy Missions happen, and Sema is a testament to that. Would you consider giving again? Click here to donate and to help us save more children like Sema—we can't do this without you!


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About Matthew Willingham

Matt Willingham is Preemptive Love's Senior Field Editor and writes primarily on politics, history, general updates and visual peacemaking through photography and film.


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"Thank You For Save Her, Sir!" Proud Parents Bring Back A Healthy, Adorable Sema
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