Two-year-old boy survives terrible burns
Two-year-old Nikita Ryzhov spilt a bowl of boiling water over himself in October. A fifth of his body was severely burnt.
Russian doctors considered the injuries too complicated for them to treat. Prompt and co-ordinated action by the Russian and Japanese authorities got him to the clinic in Sapporo the next day.
“For a child, 20% burns are very severe. We thought we’d need a lot of operations, but one skin transplant procedure was sufficient,” said plastic surgeon Saito Tamotsu.
The Japanese provided the treatment free of charge as a gesture of good will.