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Dao Nguyen finds confidence after surgery

When she first arrived in Spokane in 2006, Dao Nguyen couldn’t look people in the eye. Badly burned as an infant, Nguyen had spent nearly a quarter century being shunned by the people in her small Vietnamese village. Her left hand was a bulbous stump and her face so badly disfigured she couldn’t open her mouth more than a sliver. Three years later, Nguyen is back in Spokane for her first visit since plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Walchak and his wife brought her here for medical treatment.