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LA Kid Stuck in Lebanon is Running Out of Medicine

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Lily, above, from Britain, is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She's stuck in Lebanon in the middle of a violent conflict. But she doesn't have it half as bad as nine-year-old Noureddine Issa, who has less than a week's supply of medicine, which he literally cannot live without.

Several years ago Noureddine received a liver transplant and has needed to take the anti-rejection drug Prograf twice a day ever since. During one of the recent bombings, Noureddine dropped his bottle of Prograf and now only has a six-day supply remaining of the medicine. His mother, who is pleading to expedite his exit from Lebanon, says that there is no Prograf anywhere in the country.

According to the AP, Noureddine's physician, Sue McDiarmid of UCLA, wrote a letter to the US Embassy in Beirut on the boy's behalf, highlighting the importance of the boy's need to come home.

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"I understand he has less than a week of medicines remaining. Should he run out of these it can lead to loss of the liver transplant and death," Dr. McDiarmid wrote.

AP Photo, Ben Curtis