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Dec 22, 2012 4:00 PM by Tony Spehar

Girl shot by Taliban recovering from surgery in NY

OCEANSIDE, New York (AP) - A 6-year-old girl from Afghanistan is recovering at a Long Island hospital after undergoing surgery on her face to repair damage done by a Taliban bullet.

Newsday reports that the child, named Marizeh, held a toy unicorn and blew kisses as a nurse carried her past well-wishers before her surgery Friday at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York.

The girl's father and 3-year-old brother died when their car was attacked by Taliban fighters.

Marizeh survived a gunshot wound to the face, but lost her eye and suffered nasal passage damage that interfered with her breathing.

Her surgery in New York was arranged by a nonprofit group, Mission: Restore of Garden City, which provides free plastic surgery to children wounded in war zones.

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