Ten years on and scars are healing
Abigail Josey was just three when she received third degree burns to her back.
Today she is a happy 13-year-old living a relatively normal life.
Proud mum Tracey said Abigail didn’t let her past get her down, despite the scarring caused by a pot of boiling potatoes.
‘‘ She’s only really conscious of it when she swims,’’ the mother of seven said. ‘‘ There was an occasion when she was called names by some children who’d heard about what had happened but hadn’t even seen her back. Abigail just makes sure she wear a T-shirt over the top of her togs, she doesn’t want to draw attention to it.’’
Abigail is the face of Operation Heal, a major fundraising campaign being promoted in Fairfax publications such as the Matamata Chronicle.
Proceeds will go towards the National Burn Unit.
Abigail spent a month in the care of its staff and wore pressure garments to aid her recovery for nearly a year. It all seems a long time ago now but her mum will never forget how traumatic and painful the exercise was for everyone and urges all Matamata Chronicle readers to get behind Operation Heal.
Donations will go towards a high-tech microscope used by surgeons to help get people on the mend.
‘‘ I’ve always said that something like this could happen to anybody,’’ she said. ‘‘ Raising money for this equipment is achievable if everybody gives just a little bit. Then it will be there for the benefit of our whole community.
‘‘ That’s important because nobody knows if or
when they might need it.’’