The soldiers there felt for Zubaida and her family. The girl was suffering from a lot of pain and was unable to eat or sleep since her eyes and mouth couldn't properly close. The base contacted a renowned plastic surgeon from
Zubaida flew with her father to
During the series of operations, Grossman became very attached to the little girl. When Zubaida's father had to return to Afganistan, Grossman and his wife decided to take her in for the duration of her treatment. The Grossmans didn't have any children of their own, so Zubaida's presence brought humor and energy into their lives.
Zubaida has a light, enthusiastic nature, and she's a gifted dancer. She learned English in 12 weeks at school and surrounded herself with new friends. She soon started calling the Grossmans Mommy and Daddy. She celebrated her 11th birthday and her 10th operation simultaneously. After just one year, instead of three, Zubaida's treatment was nearly finished - as was her time living with the Grossman family.
Goodbyes were difficult on all sides, but they knew she had to return home. Doctor Grossman flew with Zubaida to