North Idaho

Afghan boy travels to Idaho to heal from war wounds

POST FALLS, Idaho - The effects of the war in Afghanistan will be felt for years, especially for children like 11-year-old Rahim, who will live with the scars of the war for the rest of his life.

Rahim, stepped on a land mine in the Helmand Province two and a half years ago.

He said he was walking with a cousin to his father's shop when they hit the land mine. It killed Rahim's cousin and severed Rahim's leg. It also punctured his ear drum and sent shrapnel into his body.

Nearby soldiers helped transport the two to a hospital. Rahim was outfitted with a prosthetic leg but it wasn't custom made.

Afghan boy gets new spring in his step

Then a non-profit called Solace for the Children stepped into the picture. It brings children from Afghanistan to the U.S. for medical treatment and that's how Rahim ended up in North Idaho.

His host mother, Jill Ledford, said Rahim has a lot of energy and does everything other 11-year-old boys do too.

"The first night home he was playing soccer. By the next day he was riding a scooter," said Ledford.

Rahim is working with a doctor from Kootenai Prosthetics and Orthotics in Post Falls. Thursday afternoon, the young boy received his new leg, custom made for him.

He took his first few steps and gave a thumbs up, but the smile on his face said it all. Rahim will also receive treatment for his ear drum, dental work and plastic surgery while he's in the U.S.

Rahim will be in the U.S. for another two months before heading back to Afghanistan to his family.