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"Grandpa! Your leg! What happened?"


The third operation


The barber's license showed me how I should survive; I should live as a hairdresser. I was afraid that my foot might handicap me as a barber. Therefore, I decided to try the most advanced medical technology at that time, in the newly established Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Hospital. I also learned that The Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Law, enacted in 1957, assured that medical service on my keloid scar would be fully compensated by the government.

I had my third operation in the summer of 1959, when I was 18. Dr. Itasaka removed the badly damaged part from my right ankle, and grafted to the ankle some healthy tissue from another part of my body. That enabled my ankle to bend, and enabled me to walk ahead without falling.

In this book, you have read many times that the keloid scar would tear and bleed. When your skin is hardened, you cannot move that part of your body.

If you could see my foot now, you would see that the big toe touches the ground and functions, but that the other four toes are still out of place. There is no perfect recovery for atomic bomb wounds.