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Tonmoy, a 13-year-old boy from Dhaka, was unable to raise his arms because of burns he received as a small boy. A few years ago, ReSurge surgeons restored his functionality. Now, he is back to living the life of "a normal boy," as he puts it. When we saw him in May, he wanted to thank the doctors who helped him.
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Reconstructive surgery can make the difference of a lifetime, often with just a few hours of surgery. The result is permanent, immediate and dramatic.

The lives of children with deformities improve, and as they do, so do the lives of their parents, who also were spurned because of the deformities of their children or forced not to work because someone had to stay home to care for their disfigured child. Men and women who were disabled because of tragic burns and other accidents are given a second chance through surgery and with it, the ability to work and support their families again. The impact continues to ripple through their communities and, indeed, through their countries, as more and more citizens are able to contribute to society.

From its beginnings in 1969, ReSurge International has been a pioneer in the field of reconstructive surgery, delivering an ever-expanding continuum of care to children and adults in some of the most remote regions of the world. Currently, more than 100,000 free surgeries have been provided. Children and adults—and their families—have been profoundly changed by their contact with our organization.

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Punkaj was burned when he was 10 years old, after the gas stove he was using to heat up tea exploded. He received severe burns on his chest, neck and arms. As a result, he was unable to lift his arms or turn his head. But over the years, ReSurge surgeons have released those contractures so he can attend school. > more
Huynh was born in a small Vietnam village with congenital hairy nevus, a type of large mole with coarse hair. Abandoned by her father and teased by other children, Huynh now has the chance to escape stigma and risk of skin cancer through the work of our volunteers. > more
Rinchin hasn't had full use of his arm since he was 5 years old, when hot cooking oil spilled on him. Without appropriate treatment, a burn scar contracture developed, leaving him unable to raise his arm. But he and his father traveled to Kathmandu to receive free surgery at our Surgical Outreach Program. > more
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