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Meera Pardeshi is not your typical teen-ager preparing for college or a career.

At 18, she comes from poverty in Hyderabad, India, and that is not the worst of it.

Two years ago, she survived a grease fire in the kitchen but was left terribly disfigured.

Her plight came to the attention of Mother Teresa, who, in one of her final acts before she died in September, asked doctors from Buffalo who were donating surgery in India at the time to help the young woman.

Now, Mother Teresa's request is being fulfilled.

On Saturday, Ms. Pardeshi will arrive in Buffalo, where she will receive facial reconstructive surgery at Kenmore Mercy Hospital by Drs. Jeffrey Meilman and Thomas O'Connor.

The Hope for Tomorrow Foundation is bringing Ms. Pardeshi to the city, where a handful of fund-raising events are planned to defray the costs of future medical care. The University Christian Fellowship will sponsor an event at 1 p.m. Sunday at the University at Buffalo Student Union on the North Campus, and a reception will be held at 10 p.m. Sunday in the Jane Keeler Room at the Newman Center Catholic Campus Ministry at UB's Ellicott Complex on the North Campus.

In addition, Williamsville East High School students will hold a reception for Ms. Pardeshi at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 119 at the high school, 151 Paradise Road, East Amherst.

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