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Acid Attack Victim Has Face Restored

Wed, 01/04/2012 - 6:09am

PRNewswire - The Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korea Health Industry Development Institute have announced that a 19-year-old woman, Tan Hui-Linn, has been invited to South Korea as part of the government's Medical Korea project, and will receive surgery at the JK Plastic Surgery Center in southern Seoul.The girl's life was shattered on Oct. 24, 2009 when her father, who suffered from mental illness, poured hydrochloric acid on her sleeping mother, killing her.

Tan Hui-Linn, who was sleeping beside her mother, lost one of her eyes and received severe burns across her body, leaving her face unrecognizable. Although her emotional wounds have healed, she still receives stares from many people. On top of running fund-raising campaigns in Malaysia to help Hui-Linn, YB Jeff Ooi, the senator of her village, searched for advanced institutions that could recover her lost face.

The senator came across the Korean JK Center's "New Face New Dream" charity project. After several video meetings and reviews of her medical records, this Korean medical center decided to treat Hui-Linn. She arrived in Seoul on December 13, receiving medical treatment surrounding her eyebrows, eyes, chin, and the bottom lip. The JK Center is not charging for the surgeries. The Korean Government's Medical Korea project will finance additional costs.

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