Noor's Story

St. Mary’s prepares young girl for tough surgeries ahead

In the spring of 2007, St. Mary’s opened our doors and hearts to a small child from Iraq who was born with a facial deformity, which if left untreated, would seriously affect her ability to eat and speak.

Noor Sabah, a precious 2 1/2-year-old with a twinkle in her eye, was brought to St. Mary’s through the persistent humanitarian efforts of Lt. Jesse Damsky, company commander in the Army Reserve, who befriended Noor’s father while stationed in Iraq.

St. Mary’s provided care for Noor for several months before and after the first of two reconstructive surgeries at Mount Sinai, which was a success. Noor and her mother quickly made friends with a number of St. Mary’s staff and volunteers. When she was strong enough to leave the hospital, Noor and her mom continued to receive St. Mary’s Home Care services at the home of Lt. Damsky.

Noor has since returned back home to her family in Iraq as a healthly and happy little girl with a beautiful smile and fond memories of her new friends in America.