A teen burn victim from the African country of Cameroon undergoes his first reconstructive surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center today.

Plastic surgeons from the burn unit began procedures on 16-year-old Jespa Awomah to release his elbow and perform skin grafting surgery on his left eyelid. This surgery is the first of many that will help Jespa use his left eyelid and right arm.

Jespa was flown into Southern California and brought to the South Bay two weeks ago by Torrance Memorial and the Children’s Burn Foundation.

Doctors plan to perform half a dozen surgeries during Jespa’s one-year stay in the United States. They also hope to give him a prosthetic eye, so he can close and open his right eyelid.

The Children’s Burn Foundation is covering all costs for his stay and treatments, which will be about $100,000. Torrance Memorial reports that some of the doctors will be volunteering their time to treat Jespa.

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