Afghan child’s legacy grows years after his death

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana residents touched by the story of an Afghan baby who inexplicably died in 2005 weeks after undergoing successful heart surgery in Indiana have kept his legacy alive.

Hoosiers moved by Qudratullah Wardak’s story donated $13,000 that the boy’s father used for training in Pakistan to become a medical provider akin to a nurse.

But The Indianapolis Star reports (http://bit.ly/K6hVRN ) the Brownsburg, Ind., couple who hosted the youngster and his father during their Indiana stay reconnected his father, Hakim, in 2007 when Jim Graham visited Kabul for a polio-eradication effort.

The Grahams have since raised about $210,000 for several projects that have aided Afghans. That includes equipping a medical clinic that Hakim himself staffs and building two schools that have a combined attendance of about 500 students.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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