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Cao Lanh, Vietnam-Sheila Wolfson, Interplast volunteer trip support.
One of our return patients from last year was Tu, a 58-year-old woman who had severe burn contractures and very restricted movement in her neck. She had undergone one Interplast surgery last year and was all smiles now that she was accepted for an additional burn contracture release this year. Her daughter shared her story with us. While attending a wedding three years ago, she was severely burned on her head, neck and chest when a waiter accidentally dropped a “hot pot” of food on her head as she was sitting at the dinner table. When more oil was added to the flame under the pot, the heat was so intense, the waiter could no longer hold it. After her surgery last year, Tu gained a little more movement in her neck; she and her daughter were hopeful she would gain more movement this year. Her surgery went well, and she smiled when she came back a few days later to show us the results. In spite of her debilitating burns, Tu is always smiling and in good spirits.