Tears of joy for Iranian boy

By 11:30 the morning of his surgery, Karime's anesthesia was beginning to wear off. According to Stasior, who said the surgery was "a success," Karime would be able to rest for a few days before returning to Iran, as he was issued a 60-day medical Visa.

After that, Karime will return in about a year for post-treatment care, and to discuss further ways American doctors can improve his quality of life.

But for Karime's mother, who has traveled with him and listened hard through the translated words of the doctors who have been diligently working to help her son, Karime's life has already improved vast amounts.

"Mohammad's mom, you know, she doesn't smile a whole lot, but after the surgery, she had a big smile on her face. That really made my day," said Stasior. ""

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