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Surgery to separate boy's fire-ravaged fingers

A seven-year-old Shanghai boy received a surgery today to separate his fingers which grew together after healing from a severe burn.
The surgery is important for Zhang Hao who is going to school in September.
The boy's home in suburban Jinshan District caught fire in 2009 and he suffered severe burns in the face and hands. He received numerous surgeries to remove scars and transplant hair and eyebrows.
The Shanghai Charity Foundation and several social organizations and local expatriates are concerned about his treatment and provided aid and support.
"Today's surgery will separate the small finger and ring finger of his right hand," said Liao Yuhua, president of Shanghai Huamei Plastic Surgery Hospital.
"The boy's hand will be able to regain proper function and can write like other children," Liao said.
Zhang said he wasn't afraid of the surgery, because "it will make me look normal and I want to look normal," he said.


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