Ravy lives at home with his five siblings and his parents, who are rice farmers. In his free time, he helps his mother with the housework and enjoys playing football or watching TV.
When he was only two years old, Ravy’s left hand was burned with hot rice. His parents did not seek treatment due to a lack of money and distance from medical clinics but sought help from local healers. His burns healed but left contracture scars that over time have thickened and tightened, preventing movement of his fingers. He had a procedure when he was five, but the contractures remain.
Ravy traveled two and a half hours to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, where surgeons plan to release the contractures, repair his burned fingers, and replace the skin with a skin graft. The treatment will include surgery, medications, and several days in the hospital. Ravy needs help to pay for this $454 treatment.
Ravy shared, “I hope after the surgery, my left hand gets better, with no pain. I want my hand to work as normal so I can find a better job to help my family.”
Ravy lives at home with his five siblings and his parents, who are rice farmers. In his free time, he helps his mother with the housework an...
Ravy underwent hand surgery to finally heal his burn.
Ravy had successful surgery to release his contractures and replace the damaged skin with a full-thickness skin graft. He remained at the hospital for several dressing changes to make sure the skin graft was successful, and then he was allowed to return home. He was given physiotherapy exercises to strengthen his fingers, which he will start as soon as the incision is healed. He is excited that he will finally have full use of his left hand and fingers, and can work in the family rice fields, return to work at the gas station, or search for another job.
Ravy said: “I don’t remember when I could do things with my left hand, I am excited to know I can soon have the use of both hands. I am grateful to the staff at the hospital and the donors who supported me to have this procedure. Thank you!”
Ravy had successful surgery to release his contractures and replace the damaged skin with a full-thickness skin graft. He remained at the ho...