Ten years on and scars are heal­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.’’

Abi­gail Josey.

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