Life restoring work by NBU
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.