From Kenya to Triangle: Woman burned as child gets life-changing surgery for free

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CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (WTVD) -- A young woman from Africa disfigured in a childhood accident is in America for the first time for surgery that could change her life.

It's truly a miracle story that started with a random search on Facebook - a search that landed Maureen Kimani in the Triangle in the office of a very talented surgeon with an even bigger heart.

Maureen said she does not remember what happened to her when she was just 3-years-old, but is reminded every time she looks into the mirror.

She said a stove light ignited a couch she was sitting on, severely burning her tiny hands and face.

"I don't remember if I felt pain or what, I was just so small," Maureen said. "I really don't remember."

Now 20-years-old, Maureen and her mother Rachel find themselves far from home in central Kenya and in the office of Chapel Hill plastic surgeon, Dr. Charlie Finn, with renewed hope and excitement.

Maureen, who'd all but given up on any more surgeries, received a life-changing operation completely free of charge.

"I have been so blessed with being born in this country," Dr. Finn said. "The education I've received, building this practice for which I am very blessed to give back is fabulous for everyone."

"God has opened a door and I know Dr. Finn is going to be great," Maureen said.

It's been more than a week since the surgery. Dr. Finn said it was a complete success.

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