Burn victim, attacked by her mother, starts new life with aunt

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Nguyen Thi Kim Linh (R) sits beside her aunt on Wednesday. Photo: Nguyen Mi Nguyen Thi Kim Linh (R) sits beside her aunt on Wednesday. Photo: Nguyen Mi

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A 12-year-old girl who was set on fire by her mother in August was discharged from a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday. 
Nguyen Thi Kim Linh left the hospital in a wheelchair, with most of her arms and legs still covered in bandages. 
Linh said she will live with her father's sister from now on. 
She has been hospitalized for 50 days after her 35-year-old mother Nguyen Thi Kim Vy poured gasoline on her and set her afire for poor lottery ticket sales.
“It still hurts a lot,” Linh said. 
Doctors said the girl suffered burns to 60 percent of her body, with serious skin damage. 
She must follow a strict physical therapy program and then she can undergo a skin graft, said doctor Phan Vu Bao of Children’s Hospital No. 1. 
“She has a strong fortitude,” added Bao.
Linh said she wants to go back to school. 
The girl dropped out of school two years ago after her father died to help her mother sell lottery tickets on the streets in Binh Thuan Province.
She had 30 tickets left unsold on August 25.
Her mother was angry and allegedly started beating her before pouring gasoline on her and set her on fire, according to police.
The girl panicked and ran towards her mother to hug her.
Neighbors brought both of them to hospital.
Vy received treatment at a local hospital for minor burns, while her daughter has been sent to Ho Chi Minh City's Cho Ray Hospital on the same night in critical conditions.
Linh was then transferred to the children's hospital.
Benefactors have given her more than VND800 milion (US$35,800). 
Police are still investigating the case. 

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