Coalition docs mend boy's cleft palate: hall of unsung heroes.

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An Army surgeon and an Army nurse were able to help restore the palate and lips of a three-year-old Afghani child. Khan Mohammad was born with a severe cleft palate. With his lip and gums split in the middle up to his nostrils and teeth protruding from the gums, it was difficult for the boy to eat and breathe.

Doctors Dallas Homas and John Caulfield, both colonels with the 325th Combat Support Hospital, set out to change that. Khan's uncle, Jan Mohammad, drove six hours from the Ghazni province in central Afghanistan to the airfield where Khan would receive surgery.

Nurses inserted a breathing tube into the boy's throat. The surgeons closely inspected Khan's face, to determine which...

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