Benjamine was fortunate to have survived her burns. But the disfigurement caused by them made life miserable for this otherwise bright thirteen year old and things were was only likely to get worse. Her neck muscles contracted severely, and pulled her jaw and bottom lip down and kept them permanently open. It was difficult for her to eat or drink. Passers-by in her village in the Congo would stare and gawk at her. Without corrective surgery such disfigurement only worsens with age as is the case for thousands in Africa.