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Before and After: How Plastic Surgery Changed This Girl’s Life

Nine-year-old Ragini was severely burned by lamp oil as a toddler. She lost range of motion in her neck due to injuries from the burn and was bullied in school. Watch as she and her family travel from their rural village in India to the city of Varanasi, where she undergoes a life-altering operation at G.S. Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital. Director and plastic surgeon Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh provides free treatment for over 80 percent of the patients he sees, many of whom are burn victims like Ragini. This short from Blue Chalk Media was produced on behalf of the charity WonderWork.

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