Thank you BVS (Burns Violence Survivors) for your monthly report for the burns unit at the Kanti Children’s Hospital during February.
The burns unit had 14 patients. They gave 36 nutritious food baskets - 21 Goody bags - 56 counselling sessions to the patients and their families and 65 ...physiotherapy sessions.
Baby of Devi is 18 days old and lives with his parents and four siblings in the district of Mircheya. After baby of Devi was born his father contacted a masseuse to give his son an oil massage. The masseuse lifted the baby above the wood fire to keep him warm. Suddenly his parents realized that their baby was unconscious and immediately rushed him to Provincial Hospital in Janakpur which was 87kms away where he received first-aid treatment. The next day, his parents brought him to Metro Hospital, Kathmandu which was a 225km journey and he was admitted for 9 days. Because the parents couldn’t afford treatment as they were on very low income, he was referred to Kanti Children's Hospital. The parents were told their baby’s delicate skin couldn’t withstand the heat from the fire and he had sustained 12%, 2nd degree burns to his bottom.
Chance through BVS has been supporting the transportation, counselling, physiotherapy, nutrition, and clothing for this baby and the family. He is currently undergoing treatment and his health is improving.
Bahadur is 7 months old and lives with his parents and brother. His father is a farmer, but to pay for the basic needs for his family, he also works as a labourer. His mother is a housewife. Bahadur’s mother had boiled water and placed it on the ground to cool, while she got on with other household tasks. Bahadur was with his mother in the kitchen and had just begun crawling. He reached out to the hot pot which fell onto him. Hearing him cry, his mother rushed to him, and called for her husband who rushed home and they took Bahadur to Atthbiskot PHC for primary treatment. He was given a dressing and ointment and referred to Chaurdhara Hospital Rukum on the same day, a journey of 44kms which they made by public bus. They referred him again, by ambulance to the Bheri Hospital, 222kms away, so far away, they didn’t arrive until the next day. Due to the lack of the burn care facilities there, he was transferred to Kanti Children’s hospital for treatment which he is still undergoing. He suffered 18%, 3rd degree burns. The whole nightmarish journey was 803kms!
Sarita is 6 years old and lives with her parents in a rented room in Bagmati, Kathmandu. Her father is a welding labourer and mother works in a bank. Sarita's mother had boiled water to bath Sarita and placed it on the floor to let it cool. She was pouring cold water into the bucket when Sarita, who was playing, accidentally fell into the hot water. Her mother immediately applied aloe vera, honey and tomatoes on the wounded area and her husband rushed her to Kirtipur Hospital on his motorbike where she received ointment and dressings and returned home. After 4 days, her wounds became infected so she was brought to Kanti Children’s hospital for further treatment. She suffered 5%, 2nd degree burns to both legs and feet.
Phum is aged two and an only child. He lives with his parents in Lumbini, 557kms from Kathmandu. Their income is very low, so his father is looking to go abroad to find work and send back to his family. Phun’s grandfather had prepared animal fodder, and Phum was sitting with him near the open cooking fire. Tragically, the vessel somehow lost balance and the hot liquid splashed over Phum’s body. His mother was nearby, and rushed him to a private clinic nearby. After receiving first aid, Phum was sent home. The next day, he was taken to Bheri Hospital for further treatment where he stayed for 4 days, due to the severity of his burns he was transferred to Kanti Children’s hospital for further treatment. He suffered 4%, 2nd degree burns to his tummy and back and needed surgery, a debridement.
All names have ben changed and permission was given by the parents .