6-year old Al Ain child appeals for help to heal burned face

Ayat is avoided by other children because of her scary face

A six-year-old Palestinian girl is appealing for help to have further treatment of her face which was burned by hot oil three years ago and turned her into a scary figure avoided by other children, a newspaper reported on Sunday. 

Ayat was in the kitchen at her home three years ago when she slipped down, unable to avoid the boiling oil which fell on her face. 

Her father, Ghassan Shaweesh, said he could not afford paying for treatment of his daughter at Tawam hospital in the eastern oasis town of Al Ain given his relatively low salary, which he says is hardly enough for his six children. 

Donors paid nearly Dh125,000 for the treatment of Ayat three years ago but doctors say she needs further treatment and surgeries, according to the Dubai-based Emarat Al Youm Arabic language daily. 

“We need around Dh51,000 for her treatment but we cannot afford it…we appeal for all benevolent people to help my daughter,” Shaweesh said. 

Her mother said Ayat’s trauma is aggravated by the fact hat other children avoid her because of her face. 

“What hurts Ayat is that other children seem to be scared of her face…. when they see her in public places, they run away…my daughter keeps asking me whey the children refuse to play with her.”


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