July marked 10 years since, now 15-year-old, Teeba Marlowe came from Iraq to Concord Ohio, scarred and scared…but a survivor.


  • Teeba was hit by an IED device in Iraq at the age of 19 months; 3 year old brother was killed.
  • Her head, face and hands sustained severe burns also resulting in complete loss of hair over the majority of her scalp.
  • Barbara (adopting mother) saw Teeba in a Plain Dealer article on children in Iraq needing multiple plastic surgeries and worked for months to get Teeba to US to receive treatment at Rainbow.
  • Through tissue expansion at Rainbow, Teeba is able to grow her own skin to replace the burned skin on her face.


  • To date she has had 19 surgeries.
  • Teeba had already begun laying the foundation for a career as a pediatric anesthesiologist.
  • In July 2016, Teeba was finally able to have a reunion with her mother and 3 siblings

Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is so important to patients and families of Northeast Ohio. Make a donation by calling the Holiday Lights at Victory Park phone bank at 216-983-5437 or text us at 51555. Make an online donation here.


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