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The Story of Ty, an Acid Burn Survivor

Ty is a thirty-four-year-old woman with a beautiful smile. We treated her on a recent visit to Phan Rang in Vietnam. Ty’s hometown is Tân An City in the Mekong Delta region of the country. It’s quite far from Phan Rang, so Ty spent more than 7 hours on the bus to reach the hospital.

Though her smile is beautiful, Ty’s face and life are badly scarred.

Two years ago, a vindictive boyfriend threw acid on her because she refused to marry him. The act destroyed Ty’s life as she knew it. Though her attacker is in prison, he was sentenced to just 5 years for this act.

Before enduring the chemical burns, Ty had a good job in a textile factory. She earned about $135 per month, or $0.84 per hour. After her injury, her employer would not retain her, telling her that her appearance made her unemployable. She now works picking fruit, earning just $0.67 per day. Most heartbreaking of all, though she receives support from her brother and aging mother, Ty is unable to earn enough to care for her 10-year-old son, who now has to live with his father.

Reconstructive surgery rebuilds lives.

In addition to her disfiguring facial and neck scars, Ty had not received sufficient post-burn care, so the skin on her right arm tightened, locking her elbow into a bent position. ReSurge performed two procedures on Ty, releasing her right arm so she can straighten it, and releasing the scars on her neck to improve the mobility of her head and neck.

Ty’s dream is to return to the workforce in a job that provides enough income so she can care for herself and her young son. She calls ReSurge her “second parents” for setting her on a path to a new life.

ReSurge International is a healthcare NGO bringing international medical relief where it has a real impact — to the lives of children and adults in need throughout thirteen developing countries worldwide.

Local Surgeons Receive Training from a Global Health Organization

Over the long haul, our surgical training program is even more powerful than our treatment programs. That’s because training a single surgeon in a procedure that she can perform for the rest of her working life has an economic impact of approximately $25 million annually.

Your support helps our medical teams work internationally to increase access to surgical care for the poor by educating early-career reconstructive surgeons.

ReSurge International is an international health organization which provides surgeries that dramatically improve the lives of the children and adults we treat. And we train surgeons in developing countries to provide care where it’s needed most.

Give now—your donation makes the difference!

Your gift of as little as $100 enables us to help acid burn victims like Ty restore function, regain independence, and ultimately provide for themselves.

Please, give the opportunity to rebuild a life.

ReSurge International is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID # 23-7297770.