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Iconic "Napalm girl" gets final skin treatment in US

Iconic Napalm girl gets final skin treatment in US

New Delhi: One of the most disturbing pictures a war can ever throw up is of this woman as a girl some 50 year ago.

Naked with her hands thrown up helplessly as if looking for her mother to carry on her arms, she was running away, her mouth open, screaming—how heartrending that picture was!

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nick Ut caught the shocking moment on his camera making her history, before rushing her to hospital.

In June 1972, US fighter jets were dropping deadly napalm bombs over Vietnam when Kim Phuc Phan Ti, who was subsequently called "Napalm girl", was caught in the mayhem.

Perhaps she might have gotten over the horrors of the day, who knows?

Phan Ti suffered horrific burns from the bomb attack on her village for which she received years of treatments.

Now, at the age of 59, she received the final skin treatment in the US, which includes multiple procedures to relieve pain from the third degree burns, reports say.

Despite a year's stay and 17 surgeries later, she needed more procedures over the next decade before she was able to move again.

After fleeing communist Vietnam in 1992, Phan Ti and her husband sought asylum in Canada.

In 2015 US specialist Dr Jill Zwaibel in Miami offered her treatment free of charge.

As she received the last procedure, photographer Nick Ut joined Phan Ti the other day in Miami and took her photos—thanks she was smiling.

To CBS News she recounted the horrifying moments of her life that day 50 years ago.

She was playing with her friends when Vietnamese soldiers ordered her to run.

On the sky an airplane was dropping bombs as her village was rising up in flames.

As she ran away with other kids she screamed "Too hot! Too hot!

Her clothes got burned off leaving her naked with burns all over her body.

Phan Ti tod CBS News that she still remember her thoughts at the moment.

'Oh my goodness, I got burned, then I will be ugly, then people will see me a different way," she said.

Having lived the horror, now 50 years later she said she is no longer a victim of war, neither the Napalm girl.

She said she is a friend and a helper, and a grandmother. Phan Ti said she is a survivor calling for peace.

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