A local woman washes her food in the Brahamputra-Jamuna River on the Dakatia Char, near Dewanganj, in northern Bangladesh. Three million people live on the chars in the Gaibanda and Kurigam districts and many are displaced from their homes yearly by catastrophic annual flooding.
 Dr. Toni Zhong, director of Toronto’s University Health Network’s breast reconstruction program, examines 12-year-old Sumaiya, whose face was badly burned when she was caught in the middle of an explosion from a motorcycle shop. Dr. Zhong spent seven days on the Dakatia Char on a medical mission with Women for Women, a charity based in Germany, to perform reconstructive surgeries on burn victims.
 Dr. Zhong injects cortisone into the chest scar of 7-year-old Jami in an attempt to soften a burn scar known as a keloid. Her mother worries that no one will want to marry her if she cannot grow breasts. 
 Dr. Zhong and the team operate on Sharifa, 9, whose blue sari caught fire while she was standing near a mud stove, causing third-degree burns to her legs.  Her parents covered the wound in banana leaves and borrowed money for a rickshaw ride to the hospital ship. Dr. Rafi Siddique, the physician in charge of the floating hospital, had to persuade them that Sharifa — just 35 pounds — was worth saving.  “When she first came in she was so malnourished, she stared at the ceiling and didn’t speak. Her jaw bones stuck out,” Siddique said. “I told the family that if we were going to treat her burn, then they had to start feeding her better. Because she was a girl, they didn’t think it was worth it.”
 Dr. Marie-Christine Gailloud-Matthieu, a Swiss plastic surgeon, carries an unconscious patient whom she performed surgery on, to the patient recovery room aboard the Emirates Friendship Hospital.
 Hasina Begum misunderstood the doctors’ instructions to keep her arm elevated and instead tied it to the ceiling, inside the patient shelter.
 Dr. Zhong comforts Mariam who is recovering from surgery inside the patient shelter, which is constructed of corrugated iron and bamboo poles. Mariam's pants caught fire while she was trying to warm her hands by a fire, causing severe burns to the backs of her legs.
 Morsheda walks along the plank leading back to the patient recovery room from the floating hospital. The inside of her legs had been burned from groin to ankle after her sari caught fire two years ago while she was boiling water over a mud stove. Her husband used the incident as an excuse to divorce her, take custody of their child, and marry another woman.
 Bengali women squat while cooking breakfast over open mud fires in a corner of the patient shelter. Women and young children often suffer from life altering burns as a result of these open fires.
 A woman grins while recovering from her surgery in the patient recovery room. “We are all human and we share so much even if our worlds are completely different," says Dr. Toni Zhong. "We have brought these women hope. And when I go back, I will be a better doctor, a better mother and a better person.”
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