In September 2010, in her hometown in Bangladesh, Popi Rani Das took ill to her bed. Her husband gave her a glass of water to drink. It was not a glass of water, but a glass of acid, which burned away two-thirds of her esophagus, some of her trachea and most of her stomach. She was 21 years old. Dr. Toni Zhong heard the young woman's story and promised she would do everything in her power to get Popi to Toronto to have her esophagus and stomach repaired. Zhong kept her promise.