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Sichuan children receive plastic surgery

AN 11-year-old girl who was saved by a Shanghai rescue team after being trapped in debris for 101 hours in last year's Sichuan earthquake will receive plastic surgery in a local hospital.

Shang Ting, a Qiang ethnic minority from a primary school in Yingxiu of Wenchuan, the epicenter of the quake that devastated Sichuan Province on May 12 last year, had her legs and one finger amputated due to injuries sustained in the quake. She also lost most of the sight in her left eye and scarring around the left eye and nose.

Shanghai Hongkang Hospital will provide free plastic surgery and rehabilitation care to four children from Yingxiu and Dujiangyan to mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake.

The children and their mothers arrived in Shanghai last week.

Guo Ziyi, 7, a native of Dujiangyan, had a large scar on her forehead near the eyebrows. She had surgery on Tuesday. Her classmate Yuan Yiying had surgery to repair facial scars yesterday morning.

Deng Guoping from Yingxiu Middle School was left with a 20-centimeter scar on his forehead after the earthquake. Doctors said he will receive surgery today. He is expected to fully recover in one month.

"Plastic surgery is not only to give the children a better appearance," said Liao Chuanping, Hongkang hospital's vice president. "The removal of scars can help lift the shadow of the earthquake."

Shang said she looks forward to any treatment that helps her situation.

"I was a good table tennis player before," Shang said. "Now I play table tennis in a wheelchair. I want to become a disabled athlete."


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