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Boun Lod returning to Cincinnati for surgery

Boun Lod, the Laotian girl severely burned as a baby, will return for more surgery, treatment in North America.

GORDON PETERSE – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
It’s been a little over a year since Boun Lod, the Laotian girl severely burned as a baby, and her mother Noi went home to Laos following Boun Lod’s first 16 months of surgery and treatment at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Since she’s returned home, Boun Lod appears to have grown like a weed.
Because of her disabilities, Boun Lod is not able to go to a public school in Laos.
Instead, one of our Lao contacts found a private school that would accept her. He also arranged for a private tutor to help her catch up on the work she’d missed while she was being treated in the United States.
We used some of the money that was left in the Boun Lod fund to cover the tuition, and to pay for the tutor. By all accounts, Boun Lod has done well.
Boun Lod is scheduled to resume her surgery and treatment in early June.
While the first round of surgery in 2008–’10 was primarily functional, that is, it was mainly to allow her to grow and develop properly, we expect this round of surgery to be more cosmetic in nature.
Still, we’ll have to wait and see what the surgeons say once they’ve had a chance to examine Boun Lod and see how well she’s healed.
Noi and Boun Lod have received their U.S. visas, and we have booked their flights back to Cincinnati. They are scheduled to arrive back at the Shriners Hospital at the end of May.
We are very pleased that the Calgary Al Azhar Shriners have generously agreed to cover the airfare for Boun Lod and Noi to fly back and forth between Laos and the U.S. This is most helpful and much appreciated.
Between rounds of surgery and treatment, Boun Lod and her mother will travel to Philadelphia and stay with family there.
We’ve spoken to a U.S.-based airline that will fly Boun Lod and Noi back and forth between Cincinnati and Philadelphia as long as Boun Lod is also a patient in Philadelphia.
We are just waiting for the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital to confirm that they will once again be able to provide Boun Lod with prosthetics, training, and therapy.
Due to the very generous response to our initial fund-raising efforts that started in 2008, we still have some funds leftover that we are using as Boun Lod begins this round of surgery and treatment.
We do, however, need to top up the Boun Lod fund, and we very much appreciate the community’s continuing support to ensure that Boun Lod receives the on-going surgery and treatment she needs.
For further information, please see the Boun Lod Fund blog at bounlodfund.org.
(Gordon Petersen and Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw of Pincher Creek are assisting Boun Lod and her family.)

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