When this image – depicting the true brutality of the Vietnam War – was released, the world was rocked.
Almost 40 years later, Kim Phuc, the little naked girl in the picture, still suffers from pain from the burns. After a napalm attack – a hot substamce which sticks to bodies, destroying the skin – nine-year-old Kim fled, ripping her clothes from her body leaving her naked, screaming and with burns covering a third of her body.
She has now been offered free laser surgery to help relieve the pain from the burns.
Upon arriving at the specialist burns clinic in Miami, she said:
“So many years I thought that I have no more scars, no more pain when I’m in heaven. But now – heaven on earth for me!”
The treatments will not only ease her pain, but also smooth and soften the thick scar tissue that covers Kim’s left hand and arm, her neck up to her hairline and almost all of her back. Kim has been accompanied not only by her husband, but also by Nick Ut – the photographer who took the tragically famous image:
“He’s the beginning and the end” Kim explains, “He took my picture and now he’ll be here with me with this new journey, new chapter.”
We wish Kim all the best with her surgery.