Join Our Spring Campaign! Make an Impact That Lasts a Lifetime →

A Contracture Released, A Life Renewed | Quynh

Share this story

Like more than 2 billion people worldwide, Quynh’s family in Vietnam does their cooking over open fires. One day, as they were cooking food for their pigs, Quynh, who was just 9 months old and already walking, neared the fire and stuck her hand in to touch it. She received a terrible burn.

The skin of Quynh’s hand contracted, or tightened, as the burn wound healed, limiting her ability to move her fingers. Her hand had become permanently fist-like, limiting her ability to take part in vital activities like holding a pencil or gathering sticks.

Quynh survived her burn, but many don’t. More girls in Southeast Asia die of fires than die of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Girls in that region also lose more productive years from injuries from fires than from the combined impact of HIV/AIDS and malaria. Thanks to ReSurge, Quynh received surgery that will help her lead a normal productive life – going to school and eventually contributing to society.

Volunteer surgeons completed two procedures on her hand: a burn contracture release and a skin graft. The operations significantly improved her hand mobility—and her quality of life. As long as billions of people around the world cook over open fires, there will be victims like Quynh who are in need of life-transforming reconstructive surgery. Luckily, Quynh is more than a grim statistic; she has had her future restored.

Share this story

Recent Stories

Memorable Moments from Mother’s Day

This past Mother’s Day weekend, we reflected on the mothers we see every day in our community. Mothers who make heartfelt sacrifices in hopes of securing surgical care for their...

Read More

A Clear Vision Ahead

Meet Hue, a Young Woman From Tra Thuy Co For Hue, a young woman from a neighboring community, Tra Thuy Co, the impact of these new training initiatives hit close...

Read More

We are grateful for our opportunity to touch the lives of those needing surgical treatment worldwide and grow sustainable systems for local surgical teams in low-income countries. However, we cannot make an impact without your support. Donate today to create a ripple effect that changes the world through life-changing, no-cost reconstructive surgeries.

Spring Into Action

Your contribution today will enable patients like Luz Dariana to thrive. Together, we can bring hope, healing, and transformation to patients in need around the world!

Jacob Youssef Samuel - Burn Survivor

Make Your Year-End Gift

Join us in transforming lives through reconstructive surgical care.
Any gift made before Jan. 1st is doubled with a 2X match!