Phan Thi Kim Phuc who is known as ‘Napalm Girl” received her final major skin treatment for her burns from the Vietnam War, The Guardian reports.
At the age of nine Phuc was a victim of a South Vietnamese napalm attack in her village of Trang Bang on June 8, 1972. She was pictured naked and burned, running away from the attack along with other children in the now-iconic photograph.
“I will never forget that moment,” Phuc said in a CNN interview on June 2022.
The photograph is formally titled “The Terror of War” but many know of it as “Napalm Girl.”
Phuc went through laser treatments in the United States as she still faced effects from the burns that were sustained. She underwent her final round of laser treatment at the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, NBC 6 South Florida reported.
“Now, 50 years later, I am so thankful and I’m not a victim of war anymore. I am a survivor and I have the opportunity to work for peace,” Phuc said to CNN.
“Napalm Girl” was seen as shocking during the war and Nick Ut, the photographer of the photo, won a Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography in 1973.
“Now I can look back and embrace it… I’m so thankful that (Ut) could record that moment of history and record the horror of war, which can change the whole world. And that moment changed my attitude and my belief that I can keep my dream alive to help others,” Phuc said.
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