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Badly burned Iraqi boy reunited with family after 3 months in Metro Detroit

Dilbireen Muhsin suffered serious burns at northern Iraq refugee camp

HOWELL, Mich. – Earlier this month, Local 4 introduced you to a 2-year-old Iraqi boy who has been living in Michigan without his parents for more than three months.

Dilbireen Muhsin came to the United States for treatment after an explosion at a northern Iraq refugee camp disfigured his face.

Dilbireen has now been reunited with his mother and father. He's still undergoing surgeries, but his family is adjusting to their new lives after spending months apart.

Dilbireen saw his parents and baby brother for the first time in months inside a quaint hotel room in Boston. Adlay Kejjan took care of the boy for three months in Michigan.

"It was amazing," Kejjan said. "It was really emotional."

The reunion was long anticipated for Dilbireen's parents.

"It was just like the door just brushed open and they just came and grabbed him, and it was really emotional and we were just crying," Kejjan said.

It's been a tough adjustment for Dilbireen.

"For a child that keeps going from a new place to a new place to a new place to new people and new people, it's been emotionally affecting him," Kejjan said.

The reunion was also difficult for Kejjan.

"For me, I'm happy and sad at the same time because he's no longer going to be with me," Kejjan said.

Kejjan is holding on to the memories she made with Dilbireen and hopes his family will take some time to heal from their devastating past and start anew.

"It's more for the parents too, because these are the people that went through traumatic experiences when ISIS came, and they're the survivors of genocide and they need help too, and they need therapy too," Kejjan said.

Dilbireen's surgeries are on hold while he bonds with his family, but they'll be in the United States for up to a year to get treatment. When it's over, they plan to return to Iraq.

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