Here is the monthly report of December 2021 from BVS- Nepal ( Burns Violence Survivors). There were 10 children on the burns unit . During December, 40 food baskets and 10 ‘Goody Bags’ were given out to the children. Thank you BVS, you make such a difference.
Renu is aged 4 and an ...only child. She lives with her parents in Pagribas, 430kms from Kathmandu. Her father is a farmer and mother a housewife. She suffered 7%, 3rd degree. burns to her hand. Renu was playing around the house and her mother was preparing Kholey (vegetables) on the open cooking fire. Accidentally, Renu put her hand on the pot and got burnt. Immediately her grandfather and mother took her to a nearby hospital where she received first aid treatment. She was then referred to the burns unit at the Kanti Children Hospital where she is undergoing treatment.
Pradeep is aged 4 and from Chandragiri Municipality, which lies 240kms from Kathmandu. He lives with his parents and older brother. His father owns a dairy shop and his mother looks after the family. Pradeep was with his grandfather who had boiled some water for steam inhalation. Although his grandfather was reluctant to hand over the hot pot of water Pradeep really wanted to help and insisted on carrying the hot pot to the table! Tragically, some of the boiled water spilt onto him. He suffered 10%, 2nd degree burns to his right thigh. His mother immediately applied tomatos and aloe-vera onto the wound. His parents then rushed him to Kritipur hospital in a taxi where he received first aid treatment. The next day, they returned back to their house after receiving dressings and first aid treatment. His wound became infected so he was brought by motorbike, (a really long journey) to the burns unit at the Kanti Children’s Hospital for further treatment where he stayed for 22 days before being discharged back home.
Sarita is aged 8 and the eldest daughter, with three younger sisters and lives with her parents in Dhading which lies 80kms from Kathmandu. Her father works as a labourer and her mother is a farmer/housewife. Sarita was with her friends keeping warm by the open cooking fire where her grandmother had placed a vessel of water to heat up to make selroti, (a type of fried bread). Accidentally, the hot vessel was knocked and water spilt out onto Sarita’s thigh. She suffered 3%, 3rd degree burns. Her grandmother poured ghee on the wounded area. After 3 days she was taken to nearby health post where she received first aid treatment. After a further 13 days her condition worsened and she was brought to the burns unit at the Kanti where she is still undergoing treatment.
Santoshi is aged 2 and an only child. Her father is in the Indian army and mother looks after Santoshi. Her mother was in the kitchen doing household jobs and had placed a vessel of water to boil on the open fire. Santoshi was playing when she accidentally grabbed the vessel and the water spilled over her legs and lower abdomen. Her mother rushed her to a nearby health post for the first aid treatment. They referred her to Bheri Hospital who in turn referred her to the specialised burns unit at the Kanti. She is undergoing treatment.
It is incomprehensible to think how horrific all of these burns are. How excruciatingly painful, the panic, the helplessness of it all. Open fires are used to keep warm by and for cooking on, with no fire guards, in very cramped conditions, often just one room, where the whole family lives and sleeps. Hard to imagine a mother on her own, rushing her child to a health post, no car to speed up the transportation. It takes a second for such a tragedy to occur and changes a child’s life and that of the family forever.
Permission was granted by the parents of the children in this report. Names changed for protection.
Your generous support to CHANCE funds physiotherapy and counselling sessions for the family coming onto the burns unit, along with a weekly food basket with high calorie nutritional supplements, (essential for wound healing), and a cuddly bear or toy. We also have an emergency funds where families in need of dire financial help with transport getting back to their village, or medicines are supported by BVS in this way. THANK YOU 🙏❤