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Tonmoy, a 13-year-old boy from Bangladesh, was living the life of a normal little boy: climbing trees and running around. One day, while running through the house, he bumped into the stove and knocked over a pot full of boiling water that severely burned his skin. Burns like Tonmoy’s are prevalent throughout low-income countries, where 95 percent of the world’s fire-related burns occur.

Doctors did not think that Tonmoy would survive. Tonmoy did live through the burn and all the painful surgeries, but extensive scarring from the burns caused his skin to contract and tighten. This prevented him from climbing trees, and led to his being ostracized from his friends. He picked up art as a way to alleviate his boredom.

Luckily for Tonmoy, he was one of the 3,000 people whose life is transformed through reconstructive surgery by ReSurge International. Today, Tonmoy is back to climbing trees, and his newfound love of art has been strengthened by his increased functionality and motor ability. He has dreams of becoming an artist.

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Severe burns remain a neglected health crisis in developing countries, particularly among poor women and children. Learn more about the staggering scope and solutions.