Vietnam War 'girl in the picture' reunited with journalist who saved her life
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 02:17 PM
Kim Phuc, the Vietnamese girl pictured fleeing from a napalm attack in one of the most famous images of the Vietnam War, has been reunited with the British correspondent who saved her life. In a photograph that sent shock waves around the world, nine-year-old Kim was pictured fleeing the attack by the South Vietnamese army on her village with her arms outstretched, naked and screaming for help.
Thirty-eight years later Kim has been reunited with Christopher Wain, the ITN correspondent who took her to the nearest hospital after the photograph was taken on June 8, 1972.
Kim told the BBC: "I heard the noise of the bombs then suddenly I saw the fire everywhere around me. "I was terrified and I ran out of the fire. I was with my brother and my cousin. We just kept running. My clothes were burned off by the fire."
A Vietnamese photographer, Nick Ut, took the photograph as she fled the attack and she was still running when Mr Wain stopped her to pour water on her, while instructing his crew to keep filming.
He took Kim to hospital in Saigon and days later moved her to a specialist plastic surgery centre for life-saving operations. She stayed there for 14 months.
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