01/06/2012 12:06 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Horrifically Burned 'Chinese Mask Baby' Goes Back To School

Horrifically burned 'Chinese Mask Baby' goes back to school Barcroft Media

A horrifically burned little boy dubbed 'the Chinese Mask Baby' has gone back to school after intensive treatment for his terrible injuries.

Seven-year-old Xiang Xiang was forced to wear a surgical mask after he was horrifically burned in a wood fire.

He lost four fingers and was blinded in his right eye after the devastating blaze two years ago.

His injuries left him incredibly sensitive to the sun and he was shunned by friends and family who labelled him a 'freak'.

But now, 18 months on, the plucky lad from Fenyang, China, is playing and enjoying life like any normal child.

His story echoes that of five year-old Wang Xiaopeng, whose plight touched the hearts of readers last month.

Horrifically burned 'Chinese Mask Baby' goes back to school Rex Wang Xiaopeng, whose story we featured last month

Wang has an almost featureless face after a horrific fire burned his face and hands off. He lost his hair, lips, eyelids and toes in the accident in November 2010 after he accidentally set light to some corn stalks near his home in Yinchuan in China's Ningxia Province.

He is soon to get the first of a dozen operations to try and restore some of his features after a global fund was set up by the charity Journalism Without Borders.

His parents spent all their savings and took out loans to pay for three months of treatment and cannot afford to pay for any further surgery.