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A Journey of Hope: From Bangladesh to Baltimore and Back

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December 06, 2012

Photo Credit: John Nowak/CNN

-CNN documentary captures maimed child’s treatment at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center 

In 2011, a 7-year-old Bengali boy was severely beaten, cut and mutilated, then left for dead. Despite horrific injuries, the child survived.

Through a series of fortuitous twists and turns and the generosity of strangers, last summer the child traveled halfway across the globe, from Dhaka to Baltimore, to undergo a state-of-the-art reconstructive surgery at
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

hour-long documentary by CNN International’s Freedom Project, which premiered globally Dec. 8, captures the boy’s journey, the care he received at Hopkins Children’s Center, and his family’s ongoing fight to bring his assailants to justice. 

The documentary highlights the work of two Johns Hopkins surgeons, Richard Redett, M.D., and John Gearhart, M.D., who took on the child’s case and in doing so gave him a chance at normal life.  

Gearhart is chief of pediatric urology at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the Robert D. Jeffs Professor of Pediatric Urology at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute. Redett is director of pediatric reconstructive and plastic surgery at Hopkins Children’s. 

The physicians, nurses, administrators and staff at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine International worked closely with CNN to balance the patient’s medical needs and his personal safety and privacy while granting the crew the access they needed to depict the child’s story and his care at Johns Hopkins.  

See the original CNN report, which aired in 2011 and brought international attention to the case

Founded in 1912 as the children's hospital at Johns Hopkins, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center offers one of the most comprehensive pediatric medical programs in the country, with more than 92,000 patient visits and nearly 9,000 admissions each year. The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is Maryland's largest children's hospital and the only state-designated Trauma Service and Burn Unit for pediatric patients. It has recognized Centers of Excellence in dozens of pediatric subspecialties, including allergy, cardiology, cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, pulmonary, and transplant. For more information, visit www.hopkinschildrens.org.