08/09/2010 01:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Bibi Aisha, Disfigured Afghan Teen, Arrives In Los Angeles For Surgery

LOS ANGELES — The disfigured Afghan teenager whose photo was recently featured on a Time magazine cover has arrived in Southern California where a foundation has arranged for reconstructive surgery.

The Grossman Burn Foundation in Los Angeles said Friday that 18-year-old Bibi Aisha arrived Thursday and is staying with a host family.

Aisha says her nose was cut off as punishment for running away from her violent husband.

Dr. Peter Grossman, a plastic surgeon and co-director of the Grossman Burn Centers, says he will meet with Aisha to discuss her treatment, likely a prosthetic nose or a reconstruction of her nose with tissue from the rest of her body.

Activists and human rights workers say they are glad that Aisha is getting treatment but thousands of other women are victims of domestic violence in Afghanistan.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,