A tearful reunion for burned Yazidi toddler and his family


(CNN)The tears didn’t stop, but they were tears of joy.

After almost four months apart, Dilbireen, a 2-year-old Yazidi boy, was reunited with his parents and his newborn brother at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport hotel Monday night.
His parents, Ajeel Muhsin and Flosa Khalaf, couldn’t contain their emotion.
    “They both burst into tears,” said Sally Becker, founder of the UK-based charity Road to Peace, which facilitated Dilbireen’s reunion with his family.
    Dilbireen, who traveled to the United States with his father and Becker in October to undergo medical treatment and surgeries for severe burns, simply smiled and gazed at his parents and the baby brother he had never met, until now. CNN was there exclusively to capture the reunion.



      Toddler facing surgery in US without parents


    Now, the family seems both relieved and content to be together again.
    “My understanding is that this next round of surgeries will focus on the scar tissue around his right eye, but ultimately Shriners will determine what’s next for Dilbireen after they see him this week,” LaStaiti said.
    After seeing Dilbireen on Tuesday, doctors at Shriners say that he is doing well and that he will begin his next reconstructive surgery soon. They hope to space out the procedures to improve the form and function of his face.
    Meanwhile, Khalaf said she remains grateful that her son can continue his surgeries.
    “As long as his surgeries are done and he gains his health back,” she said in comments translated from Kurdish. “We don’t want anything else in life.”

    ‘The most meaningful thing I’ve known’

    While Dilbireen and his family are saying “hello again,” the tenacious toddler and his caretaker, Kejjan, will be saying “goodbye.”
    Kejjan, a paramedic and pilot based in Lansing, Michigan, serves as an advocate for the Yazidi community and cared for Dilbireen at her home in Michigan for the past few months.

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    Yet she said that not only has she cared for Dilbireen, he has cared for her.
    “He’s given us unconditional love. He’s such an easy child to take care of. He doesn’t ask for much. He’s very independent. He just gives love freely and unconditionally. It doesn’t matter who it is, whether it’s me, my family or a stranger,” Kejjan said.
    “I’m excited because he’s going to see his parents but at the same time sad because I won’t have him. He’s been the center of my life the last three and a half months,” she said, adding that she plans to help more children in need of medical care. “It’s been the most meaningful thing of my life, the most meaningful thing I’ve known.”

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