Quang Ngai, Vietnam-Nicole Friedland, Interplast staff. Photo by John Urban
Lim’s home is 100 kilometers from Quang Ngai. To get to the hospital, they walked down the mountain in the rain to get to a paved road and catch a local bus. He's very quiet and hard to interview. His father, who has brought him in for the surgery, shares that he was badly burned as a 6 month old baby. The family lives in a platform house. They had a fire burning underneath the house for warmth and Lim fell off the platform into the fire.
Lim has burns all over his body including bad contractures on his toes and one finger. Today, the surgeons will be treating him for one of his contractures. He'll be encouraged to return next year for more work; his injuries can't all be attended to in one session.