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Badly Burned Congo Boy Has Surgery At Shriners

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Nine-year-old Yusuf Badibanga of Congo recently had reconstructive surgery at Shriners Hospital in Boston. (credit: Bernice Corpuz)

Nine-year-old Yusuf Badibanga of Congo recently had reconstructive surgery at Shriners Hospital in Boston. (credit: Bernice Corpuz)

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BOSTON (CBS) – A badly burned Congolese boy is recovering from reconstructive surgery at Shriners Hospital in Boston.

It was a game of hide and seek that nearly killed 9-year-old Yusuf Badibanga. He was playing at a power substation back home in Congo when he suffered an electric shock and was badly burned.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

Shriners Hospital plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Driscoll said the boy was severely disfigured, especially on his right side, when he arrived in Boston.

“His deformities include a lack of an upper extremity on his right side, and he has problems because he has no external auditory canal in his ear,” said Dr. Driscoll.

Badibanga underwent surgery to reconstruct his skin and to fix his deviated windpipe. Doctors said more treatments will follow.

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