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“…Fralish took off his rank insignia and gave it to the elderly man, along with a note he wrote explaining who he was and what the situation was, so that the girl and her family could be given safe passage to the medical facility at Mehtar Lam.[snip]
Still, the girl’s wound and infection were too serious to be adequately treated at Mehtar Lam, Schneider said. Nothing short of amputation of her lower leg – which could not be performed locally – would save her life.
“When we heard that, everyone passed the hat around, and we got enough money together so the family could hire a car to take them to the hospital at Bagram Airfield,” Schneider said. “It was airmen, soldiers, Marines and sailors -- everyone chipping in together…”
Namatullah was different. He came into Canada's orbit a month ago when he was brought by his grandfather to the gate of the PRT, suffering in extreme pain from the final stages of a horribly disfiguring facial cancer that had spread to his lymph nodes and abdomen.
Cpl. Brian Sanders, an army ambulance driver, promptly e-mailed Namatullah's picture and story to his church in Edmonton, which spearheaded a campaign to raise thousands of dollars for the boy's palliative care.
So much money was donated from across Canada -- more than $18,000 -- that within days of his arrival at the Canadian base, the boy was flown to a cancer institute in Pakistan, where he received not only help for his pain but also chemotherapy treatment.