As a young girl, Yajaira was known for her beauty. So much so that she won a beauty contest when she was four years old. Like any girl her age, she enjoyed playing with her brother and friends and was always willing to help her mother with chores around the house. But, like so many similarly affected children around the world, Yajaira and her family learned that everything can change in an instant.
When she was 8 years old, Yajaira suffered a severe burn to her face while helping her mother cook dinner for the family over an open fire. By the time she was able to receive medical attention, permanent damage had been done.
This week, as part of ReSurge’s volunteer team trip to Piura, Peru, Yajaira received her sixth reconstructive surgery. Sadly, Yajaira will never again look exactly like the little girl that won the beauty contest all those years ago, but, thanks to our volunteers, she is now one step closer to regaining the normal life she was once promised.