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On 5th Birthday, Khader Family Still Fighting For Son

By Arezow Doost, CBS 11 News
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Abdallah Khader

Abdallah Khader

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Inside the Khader home in Fort Worth balloons and pirates are all over the house.

It looks like any other birthday party, but this one is anything but typical.

There is nothing normal about little Abdallah’s life.  “I don’t want him to be forgotten,” says Loubna Elharazin his mother “I miss him.  I miss who he was.”

Abdallah turned 5 on Friday.  “He should be talking – running and go to school and he’s sitting in a wheelchair doing nothing – looking sad,” says Fahad Khader his father “The older he get the more painful it gets for us the parents to know he will never have a quality life.”

Abdallah was left severely brain damaged after Stewart Richardson a repeat drunk driver and police say drunk again allegedly plowed into the family’s car.

A little more than two years later he is still in jail and the trial hasn’t even started.

But there has been on positive distraction.  Abdallah now has a little sister named Jannah which means ‘heaven’ in Arabic.

“She made my heart wake up again after the accident,” says Elharazin.

Jannah was born on Valentines Day and reminds her parents  everyday to pray for strength.
“I want to play with her and kiss her when I see her smile and move her arms, but I look at him and remember how he was.  Now he can’t do that he can’t even enjoy his sister,” says Elharazin.

Family and friends danced celebrating his life at the party.  Her life meantime reminds them of a little boy who couldn’t wait for his birthday and that, they say, is what makes this day so special.

His family hopes “Abdallah’s Law” a proposal to crack down on repeat offenders who seriously hurt others will eventually become law.  It died after the lawmaker behind it was out of office, but Abdallah’s parents say they will keep pushing for it.

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