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When he was five years old, Mateo tripped and fell into an open cooking fire at his home in Zambia. Left without treatment, his burn wounds contracted and fused his head to his neck and his fingers together. Dr. Goran Jovic restored Mateo's neck and hand movement, and he now goes to school for the first time.
Burn Survivors: Stories of Healing

Tonmoy, a 13-year-old boy from Bangladesh, was living the life of a normal little boy: climbing trees and running around. One day, while running through the house, he bumped into the stove and knocked over a pot full of boiling water that severely burned his skin. Burns like Tonmoy’s are prevalent throughout low-income countries, where 95 percent of the world’s fire-related burns occur.

Doctors did not think that Tonmoy would survive. Tonmoy did live through the burn and all the painful surgeries, but extensive scarring from the burns caused his skin to contract and tighten. This prevented him from climbing trees, and led to his being ostracized from his friends. He picked up art as a way to alleviate his boredom.

Luckily for Tonmoy, he was one of the 3,000 people whose life is transformed through reconstructive surgery by ReSurge International. Today, Tonmoy is back to climbing trees, and his newfound love of art has been strengthened by his increased functionality and motor ability. He has dreams of becoming an artist.



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