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Nara and Orkhon

Nara, a three-year-old girl from Mongolia, traveled to Boston, MA with her mother, Orkhon in February 2012. When Nara was 11 months old, the ger (felt-lined tent similar to a yurt) in which she and her family were living caught fire. Her parents were out herding and her siblings, ages 4 and 2½, ran out of the ger. The 2½ year old ran back into the burning ger and rescued Nara, who was badly burned on her right side, leg, and foot, affecting her gait.

Without proper burn care and orthopedic surgery, Nara was destined to lose the ability to walk. While the President of Mongolia gave a special award to the 2½ year old, no one in Mongolia was able to provide the specialized surgery and medical care that Nara needed. Fortunately, several nonprofit organizations worked together for two years to arrange medical care, interpreter services, and transportation that allowed Nara and her mother to come to Boston for the treatment that would change Nara's life.

Hospitality Homes responded to the need for no-cost housing for their three-month stay by providing accommodations close to the hospital. After three successful surgeries, Nara was able to return home with her Mom to Mongolia. Several nonprofit organizations worked together for two years to arrange medical care, interpreter services, and transportation that allowed Nara and her mother to come to Boston for the treatment that would change Nara's life.