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Badly burned Chinese girl to meet adoptive family, undergo surgery

December 23, 2011 |  6:33 pm

Life for Cami Ai Liu changed dramatically when she was abandoned on a Chinese street with severe burn injuries.

The burns left her hands disfigured and her face had blended with her chest, making it impossible for her to close her mouth or chew properly. And now, the scar tissue is beginning to pull and tear her skin around her eyes, said Carol Horvitz, executive director of the Children's Burn Foundation.

But life is changing once again for the 9-year-old girl, this time in a good way.

She is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Friday to join her newly adoptive family and will soon undergo reconstructive surgery for her burn scars, Horvitz said.

It's been a yearlong effort to bring the girl to the U.S. Liu was discovered at an orphanage home in Maoming, China. Karen and Doug Ying Ling first offered to be the girl's host family in the U.S. while she receive reconstructive surgery, but those efforts stalled when the Chinese government denied the girl's medical visa.

The couple then offered to adopt the girl.

"And now she's got a new family forever," Horvitz said.

Cami will receive treatment from Grossman Burn Foundation.

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