Special, but sad, story …
Let me share a special, but sad story with you, about one of Allison Bassano’s students.
Marguretta is her name, a young 13 year old girl from Tarime. She was studying for her exams using a parrifin light. Marguretta tried to relight her lamp using petrol. The lamp exploded and Marguretta sustained extensive 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the anterior region of her whole chest, right side of her neck, as well as to her right arm and leg. An estimate of 30% burns. By the time Leanne and I saw her, her burns were 2 days old. Dr Winani admitted Marguretta to his hospital where she recieved oral antibiotics and pain relief with diclofenac and paracetamol. Maguretta had recieved no dressings or debridement for her burns.
I spoke with Dr Joe Tempone in Tasmania, requesting a pressure garment for the prevention of contractures and advice. Per Mr Garry Kode (Tasmania Plastic Surgeon) we were advised to give her as much protein as possible, 120mgs/kg body weight.
Allison bought Marguretta milk, eggs, degar ( tiny fish from Lake Victoria) for protein. Up to that time, Marguretta had only consumed 1x bannana a day.
Marguretta is doing surprisingly well, her wounds are healing well with no infection. However, her scarring and contractures will be extensive due to no wound management in the early days.
Burns are common in Tarime due to the parrafin burners and lights.
Burn management and education is a vital project I feel CfA can easily give to the community of Tarime through The Tarime Goodwill Hospital.