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Why Dr. Broumand Supports APROQUEN: Marleng’s Story

marleng_photoMarleng is a 21-year-old young woman with a smile that can light up a room. About six years ago, a major blackout occurred while she was living in her hometown of Managua, Nicaragua, and she was sent outside to retrieve her family’s lantern. Fumbling around in the dark, Marleng mistook gasoline for kerosine and proceeded to fill the rest of lamp with gas. Upon lighting the lantern, the gasoline ignited and exploded in her face. In a state of panic, she ran a few feet before dropping to the ground in a fetal position, causing her entire body to be engulfed in flames. When the fire was finally extinguished, Marleng’s entire face and body had been severely burned.

With APROQUEN headquartered nearby, Marleng’s family drove her to the foundation’s Burn Center to seek help for her burns. Although its mission is to provide comprehensive care for pediatric burn victims until they turn 15, APROQUEN made a special exception to treat Marleng (who was already 15 at the time). After receiving numerous treatments and individualized attention for her injuries, she was able to make a full recovery.

Since then, Marleng has graduated both high school and college, and she now works for a respected ad agency. Though she still has visible signs of scarring from her burns, she is a noticeably happy young women with a great personality and beautiful smile. Marlene is a true representation of the kind of difference APROQUEN can make in a young person’s life, and it is for people like her that Dr. Stafford R. Broumand and our team are proud to support this charitable foundation’s noble cause.
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