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“Napalm girl” Kim Phuc receives laser treatment in the US to heal wounds

By WITW Staff on October 26, 2015

In 1972, Kim Phuc became known around the world as the “napalm girl,” after a photo of her, burned, running and naked in the aftermath of a napalm strike, came to symbolize the horror of the Vietnam war. Now, more than 40 years later, she will receive laser treatments at a Miami hospital, which will smooth and soften the thick scar tissue on her back and relieve some of the deep pain caused by her wounds. “So many years I thought that I have no more scars, no more pain when I’m in heaven. But now — heaven on earth for me!” Phuc, who now lives in Toronto, Canada, said when arriving at the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute.  Her doctor, Jill Waibel, has been treating burn scars (including napalm scars) with lasers for about a decade now. While each treatment usually costs between $1,500 and $2,000, Waibel decided to offer her services for free when Phuc contacted her for a consultation.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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