Published: 24 September, 2015
By JOHN GULLIVER
THE little badly burned girl I wrote about the other week had a new finger built onto her right hand on Monday – thanks to a team of surgeons at the McIndoe hospital in East Grinstead. They also operated on her face to help her close her eyes while sleeping.
Little Perlucia, aged 7, is one of several burned children that Bronwen Jones – a former Belsize Park resident – has brought to London from South Africa for medical treatment.
Recently, Bronwen organised a sponsored walk through central London – supported by the London Fire Brigade and the firefighters at Euston fire station – to raise funds for this vital treatment.
Perlucia was only a few months old when her hands and face were severely burnt. A bundle of joy she made light of her disabilities when she and other burnt children were brought to our office last month by Bronwen.
To enable her to use her right hand for the first time – at present the hand is shaped like a mitten – surgeons grafted skin from her groin and built an index finger.
Waking up after the six-hour operation, Perlucia asked: “Mama why can’t I see?” To her, Bronwen is her mother. After the bandages were explained to her, she sang a song and fell asleep.
She is due to have further operations next Easter.
• More information about Bronwen Jones’s work through the charity Children of Fire: http://firechildren.org/