Estefani is a tiny, wide-eyed child with a serious expression, who has been beset by an unmerited fate. When she was two years old, she was tragically scalded by boiling water. Scar tissue left her arm stuck in position. Her story might have ended there, but surgery performed by the Interplast team has given her a fuller range of motion.
I asked her if there anything that she would like to do now that she couldn’t do before. Her serious expression is transformed into a broad grin as she shows me the drawings that she has made during her recovery: of her family, of seven-legged dogs, of teddy bears that look more like cats, and of the Bolivian flag. She is so grateful to the doctors, that she offers me a humble gift of one of her pictures, to ease the balance a bit.