Life restor­ing work by NBU

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

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 says Abi­gail doesn’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 makes sure she wears 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 pro­moted in Fair­fax pub­li­ca­tions such as the South Waikato News.

Pro­ceeds will go to­wards the Na­tional Burns Unit.

Abi­gail spent a month in the care of its staff and for nearly a year wore pres­sure gar­ments to aid her re­cov­ery. It all seems a long time ago now. But her mother will never for­get how trau­matic and painful the ex­pe­ri­ence was for ev­ery­one and urges all South Waikato News read­ers to get be­hind Op­er­a­tion Heal. Do­na­tions will go to­wards a high-tech mi­cro­scope used by sur­geons to has­ten the re­cov­ery of peo­ple like Abi­gail.

‘‘I’ve al­ways said that some­thing like this could hap­pen to any­body,’’ Tracey said. ‘‘Rais­ing money for this equip­ment is achiev­able if ev­ery­body gives even 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.’’

HEAL: Abi­gail Josey the face of Op­er­a­tion Heal re­ceived third de­gree burns to her back as a three year old.

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