Vietnam ‘Napalm Girl’ Gets Final Skin Treatment in Florida 50 Years After Iconic Image | American news

The woman whose photo of her burnt and screaming pain became the image of the Vietnam War has had her last skin treatment, 50 years after an American bombing changed her life forever.

In 1972, a photojournalist captured the moment when 9-year-old Kim Phuc Phan Ti was seen running down a road, with her body burned, her clothes burned off her body, after a napalm attack.

The photo won a Pulitzer Prize for Associated Press photographer Nick Ut.

It also earned her the nickname “Napalm Girl” and now 59, Ms. Phan Ti has received her final skin treatment after decades of pain from the intense scarring on her torso.

Her wounds were so severe that immediately after the attack, doctors believed she would not survive, but after more than a year of treatment, her condition stabilized.

She eventually recovered from her injuries and lived in Vietnam until 1992 before moving to Canada with her husband, where she still lives.

However, she continued to suffer and started specialized treatments several years ago with Dr. Jill Zwaibel in Miami, work the surgeon wanted to perform for free.

“Now, 50 years later, I’m no longer a war victim, I’m not the Napalm girl, now I’m a friend, I’m a helper, I’m a grandmother, and now I’m a survivor crying out for peace,” Phan Ti told CBS recently, as she marked 50 years since the day she was injured.

Retired photographer Nick Ut (left) still speaks with Ms. Phan Ti. Pic AP

‘I look up, I saw the plane and four bombs’

In the interview with the US network, Ms. Phan Ti recalled playing with other children when Vietnamese soldiers told her to flee.

“And I look up, I saw the plane and four bombs landing like that,” she said.

“Too hot! Too hot!” she screamed as she ran from her burning village.

“I still remember what I thought at that moment: ‘Oh my god, I’m burned, then I’ll be ugly, then people will see me in a different way.”

The image of Mr. Ut made the front page of The New York Times the next day and he is still in touch with Ms. Phan Ti.

Kim Phuc gets laser treatment by Dr.  Jill Waibel, left, at the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Miami.  Phuc was the subject of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 50 years ago "napalm girl" photo by retired AP photographer Nick Ut.  Since 2015, she has been treated pro bono at the institution for scars suffered during the June 8, 1972 firebombing of her village during the Vietnam War.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Ms. Phan Ti received her last treatment this week. Pic AP

The 71-year-old is retired but joined her in Miami this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary and the end of her treatment.

“Even the doctor said she’s going to die, she’s really not alive,” he told CBS.

“I tell them three times and they said no, then I held my media pass and said, ‘If she dies, my picture will be on every front page of every newspaper.’ And they get worried when I say that and immediately took her inside.”

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