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City joins international help for burns girl

SHANGHAI has joined an international aid effort to help a seriously burned 6-year-old girl.

Pudong International Airport Customs said it will provide a quick clearance today for a skin donation from Europe.

The donation of nearly 1,500 square centimeters of skin, arrived at Pudong airport yesterday, the Oriental Morning Post reported. It was provided by the Euro Skin Bank, a Dutch-based non-profit organization that maintains an allograft skin bank and supports research in burns treatment.

The skin is to help Wang Dan, a 6-year-old girl in Engshi, Hubei Province. The girl fell into a fire after falling asleep at her home on January 7.

She suffered burns over 70 percent of her body.

Doctors at a county-level clinic tried transplanting pig skin but this did not work well.

She was transferred to a hospital in Hubei's capital city Wuhan, where her father's skin was transplanted to part of her body and this worked well. In a second operation, doctors transplanted skin from her head to other parts of her body.

But more healthy skin was needed. The hospital had to turn to the ESB for help as few skin donations were available in China.

On March 10, the ESB agreed to the request and Wang became the first Chinese to benefit from the European organization.

The girl's plight has attracted a good deal of public sympathy. A total of 200,000 yuan (US$29,254) has been collected to help pay for her treatment.


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