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Boston Herald publishes heartwarming story of Belizean burn victim and her physical therapist

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019. 2:57 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Boston Herald, one of the oldest daily newspapers in the United States, published a piece this week telling the heartwarming story of a bond forged between a Belizean girl who was the victim of horrible burns and the physical therapist that treated her.

The story, written by Jessica Heslam and published online yesterday, October 22, walks the reader through the tragic ordeal Katerin Michel Perez, who was only nine years old when gasoline that was put into her hair to kill lice, ignited due to the stove in her house. Perez suffered painful burns to 53 percent of her body, with her hands and face receiving the most severe damage.

 She was flown by air ambulance to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, where she would eventually meet physical therapist, Lori Turgeon, an experience that would have a major impact on both their lives.

“She’s my daughter. She’s the girl I never got to have,”Turgeon, a mother of two sons, told the Herald.

The two bonded over several months of therapy, which was described as “painful” on many occasions, and they get to see each other annually when Perez returns for follow up treatment. Perez, now 14 years old, recounted how Turgeon’s kind and inspiring words helped her cope with the changes that needed to be made after the accident.

“She would say she is here to help me,” Michelle said, “and make me feel confident.”

The full story can be read at


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