Jul 7, 2020

COANIQUEM Burn Center Faces the Covid-19 Pandemic

Santi is the Star of the Prevention Campaigns
Santi is the Star of the Prevention Campaigns

Winston Churchill once said, "Never waste a good crisis."

The doctors and staff of the COANIQUEM Burn Centers in Chile are meeting the Covid-19 pandemic with creativity and energy.

Only the most urgent cases are being treated in the phiysical centers, with extreme precautions for both patient and staff.  These arrangements are more expensive than normal operations.

For the most of their services, COANIQUEM has created three "Gifts."

1.  Telemedicine.  -  Almost 80% of the chronic patients are "seen" by doctors who examine the progress of wounds and offer instructions to parents for appropriate home treatment.  They also mail compression garments when appropriate for stretching scars.

2.  Preventioin campaigns  -  They have created colorful and cheerful characters to alert children and families to the dangers for burns in the home.  Since most burns in young children occur in the home, these home-bound times are particularly crucial.  Materials have been distributed through media such as TV and newspapers.

3.   "Hot Line" assistance.  Staff nurses respond to inquiries through WhatsApp, offering home treatment options or referrals to emergency services when necessary.

COANIQUEM management has maintained the salaries of all staff and has involved most staff in these special activities.

However, with increased expenses and vastly reduced income, financial reserves are beinig depleted.

Can you help?  Please consider a generous donation.

You will be participating in the valuable response to this crisis.

Thank you!

Mar 10, 2020

From Severely Burned Child to Happy Young Woman

At the age of three, Paola's sweater caught fire in her home, and she received severe burns over much of her body.

She began her rehabilitation treatment at the COANIQUEM center in Santiago, Chile, in 2003.

She has continued in treatment through the years and remains a periodic patient for follow-up procedures.

See the pictures and reports of her progress over the years.  She is now a happy 17 year-old young woman.

Paola is an extreme example and one of the longest-term patients at COANIQUEM, but her story shows the dedication and capacity of COANIQUEM to change the lives of children like her.  Surgeries, therapy, psychological care for Paola and her family, on-site schooling as she returned for treatments, professional and friendly support from all in contact with her.

Contributions to the U.S.-based COANIQUEM Burned Children Foundation go directly to support the treatment of children like Paola.  

Contributions also support the prevention activities of COANIQUEM, through school and community campaigns, and even through efforts to obtain government support for prevention measures.

Please join this effort to support  -  and to prevent  -  the life-changing treatment of these children!

Dec 11, 2019

Unrest in Chile Affects Burned Chidren and COANIQUEM

Andre is 4 years old and has been receiving rehabilitation treatment in COANIQUEM Santiago since he suffered severe burns from the family stove 2 years ago.  Because of the disruption of transportation and the dangers in the streets, he has missed his treatments.  He may need special treatment later if his scarring contracts.

All children receive their treatment free of charge at COANIQUEM.   However,  treatment for the many poor children like Andre is subsidized by the government.  Therefore, revenues have fallen as many children miss their treatment. 

Furthermore,  some other fund-raising activities have been suspended because of the unrest.

We can not solve Chile's political issues.                     We can hope for a quick and positive solution. 

We can also help assure the financial stability of COANIQUEM with our donations. 

Please do your part to continue this valuable service for the burned children of Latin America. 

Thank you!

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