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16-year-old Iraqi girl fitted in Greenville for new prosthetics

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Salee Allawe getting new prosthetics. (June 16, 2014/FOX Carolina) Salee Allawe getting new prosthetics. (June 16, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Salee Allawe is a 16-year-old from Iraq. She recently left her home in Hasswa to come to Greenville for new prosthetics.

"In Iraq, no give Salee happy," she said.

And although her English is a little broken, she said her spirit is still intact despite what's she's been through.

"Here, everybody here loves Salee. In Iraq, no love Salee," she said.

She first came to Greenville back in 2007 after she lost both legs during a U.S. missile attack in Iraq. The attack happened in 2006. And now, she said there are bombs and shootings again as militants clash with Iraqis.

"A bunch of bombs, no school," Salee said.

She is in Greenville to get fitted for new prosthetics at the Shriners Hospital for Children.

"We fit her with two plastic test sockets, kind of like a glass slipper," Director of Prosthetics and Orthotics Edward Skewes said. "We use plaster or fiberglass wrap, and just like you have to go out and purchase a larger size, we have to make a larger socket."

And as Salee grows, so does her relationship with Skewes. He recently had heart surgery and said Salee crossed his mind.

"And I thought to myself, if this young lady can get through this, perhaps I can get through the surgery myself," he said.

They have a mutual respect for each other in a language most can understand.

"I say thank you! Thank you, I love you!" Salee said.

Members of a Facebook group raised money so Salee and her father could make the trip. She is expected to get her new prosthetics this week.

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