A bronze statue of Dunedin-born pioneering plastic surgeon
Sir Archibald McIndoe was unveiled in England yesterday.
Sir Archibald was renowned for his work rehabilitating badly
burned aircrew and other servicemen in World War 2.
He founded the Guinea Pig Club for his patients who had
reconstructive plastic surgery.
The club started as a drinking group with 39 patients and
grew by the end of the war to 649, and included Canadians,
Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, French, Russians,
Czechs and Poles.
Sculptor Martin Jennings, of Oxford, said his tank commander
father Michael was badly burned when a shell hit his tank in
He was treated by Sir Archibald in East Grinstead.
''Many of the patients treated by McIndoe and his team had
terrible injuries to their hands,'' Mr Jennings said.
''After his wartime burns, my own father's fingers were
closed against his palms for the remainder of his life.''
The sculptor had his father's hands in mind when he modelled
the patient's hands in the statue.
Princess Anne unveiled the statue outside Sackville College,
in East Grinstead.
Sir Archibald was born in Dunedin in 1900, studied medicine
at the University of Otago and died in 1960.
Blond McIndoe Research Foundation chief executive Jacquie
Pinney said he was a ''brilliant'' surgeon.
He developed new techniques and recognised the importance of
rehabilitation of the casualties - particularly social
reintegration - back into normal life.
''Sir Archibald lived and worked in East Grinstead from 1939
until his death, and saved and improved many people's
lives,'' Ms Pinney said.
''It is fitting to have this memorial to him.''