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Myanmarese burn victim to receive surgery for free in Taiwan

2018/02/25 19:50:52

Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) A two-year-old Myanmarese burn survivor will undergo surgery for free in Taiwan next week so that she can walk again, a local charity group said Sunday.

The daughter of a Myanmarese woman named Phyu Pyar was brought to Taiwan earlier this month after Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital promised to cover the NT$750,000 (US$25,651) fee for the surgery, according to the Taiwan Christian International Holistic Care Missionary Association.

The case was brought to the attention of the association when it was conducting a volunteer medical tour in Bagan in central Myanmar in November 2017, according to the association.

Phyu Pyar told CNA on Sunday that her daughter suffered serious burns on both of her feet and her bottom when she accidentally stepped into a pile of ashes from burning tree leaves eight months ago.

The severe burns resulted in the deformity of both of her daughter's feet because of the intense heat, and she could barely walk after the accident, the mother said.

Without the necessary finances, her family was unable to have her daughter treated properly in her country.

But when she learned from her friends that the Taiwanese volunteer medical group was in Myanmar, she quickly traveled 90 minutes on her scooter with her daughter to see the Taiwanese doctors.

With the help of the association and a number of local charity groups, Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital agreed to perform the required surgery to treat the girl's burns so that she can walk freely again.

Chuang Shiow-shuh (莊秀樹), the doctor who expects to do the operation sometime next week, told CNA that the upcoming medical procedures will involve removing the scars on the little girl's feet and then removing skin from other parts of her body and transplanting it to her feet.

"This is a relatively big surgery but our team expects to solve the little girl's problem once and for all," he said.

If all goes well, she should be back on her feet in three weeks, he said.

(By Wu Hsin-yun, Chang Ming-hsuan and Joseph Yeh)