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Severely burnt Sri Lankan girl helped by South Korea

ECONOMYNEXT – A Sri Lankan teenage girl who was severely burnt as a baby when she was set on fire by her own father, has had reconstructive  surgery in South Korea and is on the way to a full recovery.

The surgery was sponsored by the Korea Food for the Hungry International (KFHI) a charity, and Korea’s Hanyang University Hospital.

The 13-year-old, Rochelle is now recovering in South Korea.

She had been set on fire by her late father, while being high on narcotics when she was a just a baby. Her scars had become hardened and as she grew up, the scars prevented her mouth, fingers and arms from working properly, KFHI said.

The statement quoted her as saying: "Thank you so much for the big help and I would like to help people in need as well.”

She is expected back in Sri Lanka on April 24.

KFHI, which provides both domestic and international medical services, had sponsored half of the 4.0 million rupees burn surgery and the rest was covered by Hanyang University Hospital.