Noor

At just three months old, Noor had the adventure of a lifetime. Her journey began outside Baghdad, when United States soldiers came to her home looking for weapons. Instead, they found a worried family. Noor had spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal column fails to completely close during prenatal stages. Iraqi doctors told her parents she would not survive. Noor’s grandmother begged the soldiers for help.

The Georgia-based guardsmen came up with a plan—Noor would come to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to get the medical attention she so desperately needed.

Computed tomography scans—also known as CT Scans—played an important part in Noor’s treatment. A CT scanner is a doughnut-shaped machine that gives doctors a better view of the inside of a patient’s body, tissue and organs. The doctor can see parts of the body that cannot be seen with a regular X-ray—often because they are “hidden” behind other organs or tissue. This helps doctors diagnose diseases, view internal defects and determine the extent of damage from trauma.

Noor had CT scans to help doctors evaluate her condition. Scans were taken periodically after her surgery to determine if fluid was collecting in her brain or spine. Orthopaedic surgeons at Children’s also used scans to help correct a foot deformity related to Noor’s spina bifida, which caused the toes and heel of her left foot to be pointed downward. Correcting this condition allowed Noor to wear shoes.

Noor returned to Iraq after six months of treatment, but she remains in the hearts of the many people who cared for her during her short stay.