Heart-breaking news to pass along to anyone who does not yet know. Saja Salman, one of the children seen on Little People, Big World in the episodes regarding the family from Iraq that re-located to Idaho last year, passed away yesterday due to complications stemming from surgery she had earlier this month.
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Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the Salman family and all who loved and cared for Saja.
This was an "update" letter that was sent out announcing the tragic news.
"It is with a very heavy heart that I am informing you of the news I just received. This evening while doctors were trying to work on her trach, Saja passed away. My sister in law was there and notified another one of her sisters, who contacted us.
Saja's family has gone through more in the last couple years than any of us can imagine. Her father and her family have been marked for death because he helped the Americans and refused to fight against them in Iraq. Her uncle was beaten to death for refusing to help the terrorists. Yet through all of this she smiled. She had no reason to. She was a dwarf with a crippling disease. Her country was torn apart by religious and political differences. Her family lived in exile in a storage container until some American soldiers were able to help them find refuge in America, a strange country where nobody understood her language or customs, yet still she smiled.
Unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting her personally but my wife Terry did. Every person I know that met her said the same thing, maybe in different words, but the same thing, "her smile just radiated love".
Saja's family is extremely close and are taking this loss very hard. Russell Hayes, the now retired warrant officer, and SFC Tammy Goodwin who became so close to this family are obviously very distraught also. They worked so hard to come this far and to lose Saja now can seem to be a failure, but only God knows his plan. So many people have come together for this cause, perhaps that will be Saja's legacy.
Please keep the Salman family, Russell and Tammy in your prayers.
As you look at your own family, count your blessings and hold them tight.
Wm Craftsmen Lodge #717