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Zeenabdeen Hadi, 4, chats with his uncle Hasan
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Zeenabdeen Hadi, 4, chats with his uncle Hasan Hadi Khazaal, 21, at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. Abdeen, as the younger Hadi is called, has been cared for by his uncle ever since his parents abandoned him after his injury. (Aug. 31, 2011)(Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

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Iraqi 4-year-old on LI for facial surgery

Zeenabdeen Hadi, 4, arrived on Long Island the night of April 20, 2011, to begin a medical journey his uncle -- his guardian and chaperone -- hopes will let him enjoy his childhood. The Iraqi boy's face was disfigured before his first birthday when a car bomb exploded outside his home in Dujail, 35 miles north of Baghdad.