I share the September monthly report for CHANCE from BVS (Burns Violence Survivors). There were 15 food baskets delivered and 9 Goody Bags to the children on the burns unit at the Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu.
Naran is aged 3, an only child and lives with his parents who are ...both teachers in the district of Karve which is 60 kms from Kathmandu. Naran was in the kitchen with his mother who had placed a saucepan filled with water on the electric stove which was on the floor. Naran was playing around when he accidentally tumbled and fell into the hot water. He got severely burnt and suffered 18%, 1st degree burns to both legs and his right hand. Immediately, his mother applied aloe vera on the injured area. Later, he was taken to a nearby health post where he received first aid treatment. After 3 hours, he was referred to Kanti Children’s Hospital for further treatment. After two weeks on the burns unit he was well enough to return home.
Sabin is also aged 3 and comes from Mustang. He is an only child. His parents own a restaurant in Kathmandu so liv in rented accommodation in the city. His parents were busy in the restaurant and Sabin was with his cousin’s sister in another room. She had boiled water to drink and left it on a table whilst she was busy cleaning. Sabin accidently knocked the table and the hot water spilled on his leg and foot. She heard him cry out and immediately applied toothpaste on the burnt area and called his parents. He suffered 10% second degree burns to his left leg and foot. He was immediately taken to the Kanti burns unit where he stayed for three weeks. He is recovering well and now discharged.
Bejetta is aged 10 and originally from Sindhupalchowk District. She lives in a rented house with her Aunt at Basundhara. Bejetta has two younger sisters aged 5 and 3. Her mother has had no contact for a long time and her father is mentally ill. Her aunt had placed rice in a pressure cooker and was busy with some other household chores. Meanwhile, Bejetta was playing in the kitchen when the pressure cooker accidently exploded. The hot rice splattered over her face and neck and she got severely burnt. Hearing her cry out, her aunt rushed to her and immediately applied tomatoes and poured cold water on the burnt area. Later, she was taken to Ishan Hospital, in Basundhara where she received first-aid treatment and referred to Kanti Children’s Hospital where she received treatment for 10 days. She has now been discharged and doing well.
Madhu is 15 months old and an only child. She lives with her parents in Kathmandu. Her father runs a small mobile shop. Madhu family originally from Dolakha District but now live in a rented room in Kathmandu Her mother had made a cup of tea and placed it on the table. Madhu who was playing nearby, knocked the table and the tea spilt over her. She suffered 10%, 1st degree burns to her cheek and chest area. Immediately her mother applied tomatoes on the wounded area and then took her by taxi to the burns unit at the Kanti where she is staying with her daughter who is recovering well.
It is hard to see how so many avoidable accidents occur, but important to understand that often the family live in very cramped conditions, there are few or no cupboards to put things away. The stove is frequently on the floor, and often an open fire on the dirt. All too easy for these tragic accidents to happen.
All names have been changed for protection permission given by parents.