Born in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Aland's parents discovered his heart defect when he was just 40 days old. After over a decade of searching, Aland's mom and dad finally found the hope they'd been searching for at the hands of 'enemy' Arabs to the south.
After Aland's successful operation, his father proudly declared "I now have many brothers down there. They cared for us and were extremely kind. Some of my neighbors don't believe me and I just say 'I know, I went there!'"
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