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Old 12-14-2009, 08:19 PM   #1
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Dear LPA Members and Friends:

Many of you may have seen the episode of Little People Big World that filmed Russell Hayes introducing the family he met while in Iraq that included 3 dwarf children. On June 10, 2009 Russell brought back the Salman Family to live in Kuna, Idaho to become the newest Snake River Valley Chapter Members.

There are 2 reasons the family has moved to the U.S. - (1) to help with the continued extensive medical treatment the children will need and (2) because of a safety concern because of the conditions the situation happening in the environment of this family.

Russell took the family to the NY National LPA Convention where the 3 children saw Dr. Hoffinger, Dr. Wright and Dr. Tamatsu. After seeing the children the doctors advised that Ali have the first neck stabilization sugery, followed by Baraa then Saja. These surgeries will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Russell has opened a 501 (c)3 Foundation for Saja, Ali and Baraa for donations to help with their upcoming surgeries and medical needs. Saja will need a special wheel chair with a hydraulic lift after she has the neck stabilization operation since whe will never be able to walk and will need this chair for mobilization.

So far the foundation has received a good start in donations, but will need a lot more to help these kids get the surgeries they need over the next year and a half.

If you have further questions regarding this foundation or this family, please e-mail Russell Hayes at rhayes6@hotmail.com.

If you would like to make a donation please go to: http://dwarfchildren.org.

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Boise, Idaho -- Saving an Iraqi family in Kuna.

We first brought you the story of the Salman family last year -- an Iraqi family that fled the country with their lives.

And now that they're in the United States, they and their friends are being challenged with a whole new set of problems.

Bara'a Salman celebrated her eighth birthday Saturday -- a day she'll remember as her first birthday celebration in the United States.

Bara'a is of course the center of attention, as she opens her princess-themed gifts. But for those close to the Salman family, the happiness is bitter sweet.

"We're hoping and praying that we can help these kids lead normal lives," said Russell Hayes, a family friend and next door neighbor.

Fans of the show "Little People Big World", may recognize Bara'a, her sister, Seja, and brother, Ali. Their rare form of dwarfism, caught the attention of Hayes, who is also a army helicopter pilot, who has a dwarf child of his own.

After learning Abdul Salman was marked for death, and his nephew was killed for helping Americans, the family was granted a special visa and moved next door to the Hayes's in Kuna.

The responsibility is taking it's toll.

"There are times that my wife and I just collapse and break down and cry," said Hayes.

After a series of tests, doctors discovered the morquio syndrome, which caused the Salman's dwarfism, is also going after their organs. Bara'a and Ali now suffer from leaking heart valves, and Seja's spine and neck are so bad they'll have to be fused.

To make matters worse, doctors discovered their dad has a cyst at the base of his skull requiring brain surgery.

Despite all that, people who learn of the family seem to fall in love immediately and want nothing more than to help.

"I first saw them on Little People Big World and it just was touching. You couldn't help but be touched watching the story," said Kimberly Gross.

Gross and her husband started helping the family several months ago and, like the Hayes family, it's almost become a full-time job.

"Every time we find out more things that they need to have surgeries on, it just breaks my heart," said Gross.

But quitting is not an option, especially with Abdul still unemployed, which means his friends are now more important than ever.

"We do what we can and hope and pray, and we're hoping and praying for miracles," said Hayes.

Helping the Salman family has become very expensive, especially with increasing medical costs. The children's surgical expenses are being picked up by Shriners, but aftercare, and Abdul's surgery, is not.

The Hayes family is also trying to raise money to buy an automatic wheelchair and two scooters for the kids to get around at school.

If you'd like to help out, please log onto www.dwarfchildren.org, and click the "donate" button.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:20 PM   #2
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One of the articles was from a Fox TV station news report from Kuna ID.
http://www.fox12idaho.com/global/story.asp?s=11561551
The other was a general search on Russell Hayes.
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I'm trying to keep all info on them in this one thread to make it easier.

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