Interesting. When American doctors attached bionic hands to 7 Iraqis, at $50,000 each, they did it free. I guess the Belgians prefer to issue a press release to ensure they get their money, even if they have to use a little girl to do it.
Nailed you on your own link:
In short, "not free..."
Thanks to remarkable cooperation and generosity of U.S. government agencies, private industry, doctors, hospitals, and individual Americans, seven of the nine were brought to the United States and fitted free of charge with state-of-the art prosthetic hands.
Yep, paid for with your tax dollars and mine. Actually, paid for with our debt - or better yet - our grandchildren's debt.
What's more, it would seem that the U.S. would prefer to amputate instead of saving the limb. Remember in the article I linked to...
Doctors brought Kassim to Belgium last year to try to save her left ankle, seriously injured by a cluster bomb that also killed her brother in Baghdad in 2003.
That's right: the Belgian doctors SAVED the ankle. So no need for prosthetics.
And as for "wanting to get paid," I have to remind folks like you all the time: READ THE ARTICLE, and you would have found that:
"'We haven't heard from them yet,' said Bert De Belder, coordinator of the humanitarian agency Medical Aid for Third World which brought the girl to Belgium.
'I'm curious to know their reaction,' he told Reuters. 'We're giving them 10 days to respond ... I don't think they will pay it.'"
De Belder said he sent the bill to the U.S. embassy because international law dictated that an occupying force was responsible for the well-being of the country's people. U.S. embassy officials were not immediately available for comment.
That's right, they aren't expecting anything from anyone, except the thanks of a young lady and her family and a hope for a more normal life than they have any right to expect anytime soon.
In fact, there is an acute shortage of supplied for making prosthetic limbs in Iraq now. I guess our government's generosity only went so far.[/color]