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Founded by Theodore N. Lerner in 1952, Lerner Enterprises is a respected leader in Washington, D.C. area real estate development, investment and management. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Lerner is one of the largest and most diversified private real ... more.
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David Howell - Lerner Enterprises
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David Howell, left, a former Alliance resident, and Mohammed talk after playing catch April 20 in East Lansing, Mich. After five surgeries over the course of a year to repair burn injuries suffered as an infant, Mohammed has returned to his home in Iraq.
Howell brought Mohammed back to Michigan for treatment after he was deployed in Iraq and approached by the boy, who asked him to save him and take him to America. Mohammed was brought to Michigan by Michigan Army National Guard Maj. David Howell, a former Alliance resident. Photo By Al Goldis/APMohammed was brought to Michigan by Michigan Army National Guard Maj. David Howell, a former Alliance resident. David Howell, who took the shy, slender boy to mid-Michigan last April for the life-changing surgery. Howell, who has served several tours of duty and is back in Iraq for another, is the nephew of Copeland Oaks residents Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Jones. "He's really happy that he needs a brush," Howell, 56, of Grand Ledge, said this week as he and Mohammed prepared for the journey back home to see the boy's family for the first time in a year. Mohammed first approached Howell at an entry control point in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in November 2008. Mohammed asked Howell - a Michigan Army National Guard physician assistant who was serving his second deployment in Iraq - to save him and take him to America. Howell spent a frantic six months getting identification and a visa for Mohammed and lining up plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Lanigan at Michigan State University to perform the five surgeries for free. Howell won't publicize Mohammed's middle or last names because the boy's family may still be in danger in Iraq. His father was killed by insurgents three years ago for working as a translator for the U.S. Marines. The insurgents killed his uncle when he went to the morgue to identify and claim the body, and they warned Mohammed's mother they would kill her and her children if she ever contacted U.S. soldiers. "At every step of the way, someone came forward to help me," Howell said. The foundation will continue to send money to Iraq to help Mohammed and his family.
David Howell at Baghdad International Airport on Tuesday.
Howell brought Mohammed from Iraq to Michigan last year for treatment of his childhood injuries. (AP) David Howell - the man who had brought 13-year-old Mohammed to the U.S., organized the treatment and flew back to Iraq with him - now had to say goodbye and catch the next flight out. "I feel a little bit nervous because I haven't seen my family for a while," Mohammed said in a quiet voice amid the clamor of the baggage claims area. The boy, whose middle and last names are not being publicized for his protection, wore a Detroit Tigers baseball cap and a T-shirt reading "Property of Michigan State" - the university where the surgery was performed. "He's had a great time in the U.S., it's a bit like leaving Disney land," said Howell. Instead, Mohammed went on his own to an army checkpoint outside Ramadi in November 2008 and asked Howell, a Michigan Army National Guard physician assistant, to save him and take him to America. It took Howell six months to get the permissions, but he managed to get Mohammed to Michigan, find him a Muslim host family and set up a foundation to pay for his operations. Black, glossy hair now grows where only scar tissue was before. And Mohammed's left hand and wrist - deformed in the fire - now can field baseballs. He gained 26 pounds and grew 3.5 inches during his time in America - and he now speaks English with an American accent. Howell said they are hoping to find a way to someday get Mohammed back to the U.S. for college, hopefully at Michigan State.