12 Jul '11, 8am

Burned boy faces 10 years behind his mask

Burned boy faces 10 years behind his mask

A boy in Beijing who suffered severe burns to his face and hands may have to spend the next 10 years or more in a full surgical mask. -- PHOTO: THE DAILY CHILLI A BOY in Beijing who suffered severe burns to his face and hands may have to spend the next 10 years or more in a full surgical mask, said his parents on Thursday. Wang Gengxiang, 5, was badly hurt when he fell into a pile of burning straw in a courtyard at his hometown in Fenyang, Shanxi province. He lost most of the skin on his head, as well as his fingertips. Pictures released of him playing with his puppy while wearing his gray-white elastic headgear, which prevents his scars from becoming infected, touched hearts nationwide. However, doctors this week revealed they cannot continue his skin-graft surgery until his damaged trachea, or windpipe, is strong enough - which could take more than a decade. "We have to ...

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