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Sichuan quake survivor, 13, here for treatment

A 13-YEAR-OLD girl who was saved by a Shanghai rescue team after being trapped in debris for 101 hours in the devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province came to Shanghai yesterday, the two-year anniversary of the quake, for treatment to remove severe scars left by the injury.

Doctors from Shanghai Hongkang Hospital did a pre-surgery checkup yesterday. Today they'll treat the girl's left eye, which needs further therapy after an eye socket reconstruction last year, and do plastic surgery to remove scars on her face.

Shang Ting, a Qiang ethnic minority from a primary school in Yingxiu of Wenchuan, the epicenter of the quake that hit Sichuan in May 12, 2008, had both her legs and one finger amputated because of injuries sustained in the quake. She also lost most of the sight in her left eye and was scarred around the left eye and nose.

Hongkang Hospital gave her free surgery and rehabilitation, as it did last year for three other children with less severe injuries.

"All the other three children have fully recovered, but Shang needs further medical treatment on her left eye and treatment on the scars," said the hospital's Su Jianwen.

Despite all she's been through, Shang said she is recovering well and can walk freely on artificial limbs.

"I have taken part in a wheelchair basketball team of Sichuan Province and will go to Beijing for a competition on June 1," she said.

"It is Shanghai people who rescued me from the debris and gave me medical treatment. I feel so grateful to all the people," Shang said.


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