Burned Iraqi boy to receive surgery in Lansing

Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP) - Burned Iraqi boy to receive surgery in Michigan

A badly burned Iraqi boy has arrived in Lansing with the National Guard physician's assistant who brought him to Michigan for medical treatment.

Major David Howell and the 12-year-old, Mohammed, were honored Thursday with a welcome ceremony at the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The boy was an infant when he was badly burned along the left side of his face, head and body by an exploding oil lamp.

He also lost movement in his left hand.

Howell, who was serving his second tour in Iraq with a regiment based in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming, met Mohammed and the boy's mother last November while on duty in Ramadi.

Michigan State University surgeon Edward Lanigan is offering his services at no cost and will lead the medical care at Lansing's Sparrow Hospital.