"Here's a little girl who has never been to school in her country," Marx said, adding that he hopes the surgery will give Lai a good chance of better integrating into the normal lifestyle of her village -- complete with friends and classmates.
"If she achieves that -- and we think she can -- that would be the greatest joy for us," Marx said.
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