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Burn camp helps young survivors ‘realize you’re a normal kid’

Published Wednesday March 30


Photo: Mercurynews

SAN JOSE — Lea Knopf was thirteen when she was badly injured in a property fire at Moffett Field, suffering steep burns to her right arm, side and neck and underwent many surgeries, including the amputation of her pinkie finger.

Knopf was self-conscious about her scars, believing she was the worst-burned person alive. She recalls wearing long sleeves and a long dress to her eighth-grade graduation.

Then Knopf attended a statewide camp for kid burn survivors and met other children whose injuries were far more serious, including some who lost limbs. She saw them playing, swimming and doing other activities, all without covering their scars.

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