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Boston burn doctors to help boy from Haiti

Shriners burn doctors will try to restore face, future for a 12-year-old village boy

As Dieuphete Celime emerged from Terminal B at Logan International Airport, the boy in the wheelchair with bandages covering his face and head was said to have no idea where he was. But he knew he was someplace better than where he had come from.

Three months ago, 12-year-old Dieuphete was sitting in a Haitian village, attempting to cook two ears of corn he found for his siblings, when a gasoline-fueled fire ignited his nylon shirt. Instinctively, he tried to pull it over his head, but the nylon liquefied and bound to his face. He suffered third- and fourth-degree burns over most of his face, neck, and upper torso.

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