|In one home, the women dry the corn, maiz.|
Our latest tragedy is a 3 y/o boy that was burned with hot liquid (I'm not sure how this accident happened) but his left hand, palm and back, and his abdomen and chest, 23% of his body surface area. This happened last Friday and he was hospitalized for 3 days, then the parents brought him to Don Sergio for continued care. After changing the dressing in the clinic, Don Sergio tells them he will come to their home to reduce transporting the child. These appear to be deep second degree burns: the most painful. No pain meds are available, other than Tylenol, so our routine will be to lay everything out and change the bandages quickly. The child will soon see us coming and the anxiety will begin. Fortunately, he is healthy otherwise so should heal well, the subsequent psychological trauma will not be known. The extent of the chest burn is not yet determined as the burned tissue has to die off to uninjured tissue (damaged tissue will be removed). In the US, no doubt he'd be in a burn center and appropriate measures taken.
Our Teopisca man, the one who suffered the electrocution injury is doing well. The injuries to his feet are profound, however his grit is so strong and he manages his way through Don Sergio's debridement treatments (removal of dead tissue). Afterwards he is fine and lets Erick shoot a photo of us.
|Resilience and support. This 43 y/o man has his mother by his side during his wound care treatments. They are so grateful for Don Sergio's care.|
|Bela's garden in full bloom, a Mexican paradise.|