Posted by Dr. Aditya Sharma, MD
A 10 year old boy with epilepsy had a seizure and fell into a fire, severely burning his hand. As is often the case, he didn’t come to our clinic until about 14 hours after the injury. He had a mixture of second and third degree burns, having lost essentially all sensation along his forearm and hand. We debrided dead tissue, provided antibiotics, applied silver sulphadiazine, and referred to a surgical center located twelve hours away. This was another case where our staff performed valiantly and helped to save this child’s life, but where it is clear that we must rapidly scale up surgical services to sufficiently address these critical conditions.