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An Iraqi boy whose face was set on fire seven years ago is finding reasons to smile here in East Tennessee. 8-29-14
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00:00 Had a rocky boy whose face was set on fire
00:04 seven years ago is finding reasons to smile here in east
00:08 Tennessee. Since the attack his story has reached millions of people
00:12 including a Claiborne county couple. Reporter Heidi -- -- has more
00:16 on how that couple set out to give that young boy
00:19 and his family. The best Labor Day vacation. It's been more
00:25 than seven years since Yousef fled Iraq for -- This is
00:30 his first time out -- And on about it's been fun
00:34 and it definitely his first time in east Tennessee. Me and
00:37 my brother and sister were really excited. -- -- -- We
00:42 -- knows a thing or two about patients he's gone through
00:45 almost twenty operations since he was four after -- attacked outside
00:49 his home in Baghdad. In 2007. There's a lot of war.
00:53 So then that people can -- gasoline and set on fire.
00:59 And then we met with CNN. When they brought us to
01:03 California. That was -- first time on a plane. His trip
01:07 to Tennessee with his family marked his second because they don't
01:10 run and I hadn't -- -- -- best freaking gulf late
01:14 trip out on Norris lake. He started planning an all expense
01:17 paid vacation for the family two years ago. We saw this
01:21 -- yourself and it was one of the fathers and you
01:24 know they asked him was the hardest thing and he said
01:26 Yang never ceases kids -- And on time right and I
01:30 just the first item has that's about it. His parents still
01:34 worry for their safety. And asked us not to film that
01:37 the father works two jobs. And there's little money left for
01:40 vacations Yousef still has more facial reconstructive surgeries and can be
01:45 hard sometimes and couldn't he pick this up so fast. Used
01:49 a -- celebrate his twelfth birthday out on Norris lake all
01:53 right but irritate her. Each year he becomes more in control
01:57 of his destiny. Heidi -- Donald WV IR ten news. You
02:03 suits family arrived on Wednesday and will stay through Labor Day
02:07 -- -- continues treatments at a burn center outside Los Angeles
02:10 and we wish him happy birthday.
(WBIR-New Tazewell) An Iraqi boy, whose face was set on fire seven years ago, is finding reasons to smile in East Tennessee.
In 2007 men attacked Yousuf, then four-years-old, outside his home in Baghdad.
"There's a lot of war. So then bad people came and put gas and then set me on fire," Yousuf said.
His family asked 10News not to use their last name for safety reasons.
After his story aired on CNN, the Children's Burn Foundation arranged Yousuf's medical care, transportation and housing in California. CNN has done several follow-up stories on the 11-year-old since 2007.
Two years ago, a Claiborne County couple saw one of the stories.
"We saw a news story on Yousuf and learned about his childhood and what he had been through. Seeing that segment and seeing the father... when they asked him what was the hardest thing and he said he never sees his kid smile anymore, and right then the first thought to my head was that's about to change. And it did," said David Webb.
Webb and his wife, Lynn Webb, own Best Freaking Golf-Lake Trip out on Norris Lake in New Tazewell. Every year, they pick a person or family to give an all-expense-paid vacation to.
Webb said they have been working on getting the family here for the past two years.
"Me and my brother and sister were excited. We couldn't even wait," Yousuf said.
Yousuf's father works two jobs and there is little money left for vacations.
The family arrived from California to the lake house on Wednesday and will stay through Labor Day. It was Yousuf's first time out on the lake and driving a boat. He will turn 12 years old during the vacation.
According to Yousuf, his next facial reconstructive surgery will happen when he is 13 years old.
"It can be hard at some points and good," he said, about the recovery process.