Oct 24, 2017

The Long Road to Recovery - Paola's Story

Paola as a young burn victim
Paola as a young burn victim

Children who suffer severy burns often take years to recover to some level of a normal life.

Paola's story is an example of the treatment and care provided at COANIQUEM in Santiago, Chile, over a period of 14 years as she grows.  She has received medical treatment, including extensive surgeries; physical therapy, psychological counseling, and loving care.

From a burned child of 3 to a young woman of 16, Paola has progressed to a point of successful school and social activity.  However, she continues to receive appropriate treatment from COANIQUEM.

See the pictures attached:

       Paola as a young burned child 

       Paola as seen in May 2017

       Medical report of September 2017  -  Her COANIQUEM doctors recognize the aesthetic desires of a young woman!

This is why we continue to support the wonderful work of COANIQUEM!

Jul 31, 2017

Playful Healing Environment for Burned Children

Students in the Desingmatters program at the Art Center in Pasadena, California, have created a playful interactive environment for the healing of burned children at the COANIQUEM burn center in Santiago, Chile.

More than a dozen students spent months examining the existing facilities at COANIQUEM, even staying at the facility for several weeks to determine the most meaningful changes.

These students have transformed COANIQUEM into a magical ecosystem that empowers and nurtures patients and families through their healing journey.

The World of Santi and Friends is inhabited by several magical animal characters.  In each of several areas of the facility and stages of treatment, these animals portray qualities helpful to the children and their families  -  bravery, patience, strength, understanding, etc.  Wall decorations and interactive devices have transformed areas into colorful and fun spaces that ease the pain and anxiety of the children and their parents.

Early experiences with the installations have received very positive reactions from the children, their parents  -  and staff members.  The program exhibits the commitment of COANIQUEM to continually improve and enhance their holistic approach to returning burned children to meaningful lives.

For further information on this project, see the Safe Ninos link below.


May 2, 2017

Telemedicine Connects Three Centers for COANIQUEM

Maite lives in Southern Chile.  She was 15 months old when she placed her hands on a heater and got severe burn injuries.  She traveled to the COANIQUEM center in Santiago for her treatments.

With the advent of a telelmedicine system in 2017, COANIQUEM can now monitor and instruct for treatments in their three centers:  Santiago, Puerto Montt, Antofagasta.  Maite could have been seen at the Puerto Montt center, with the experts in Santiago examining her wounds with a 50X magnification.  The doctors in Puerto Montt would have been guided through the appropriate surgery and treatments.

The system was purchased with a grant sponsored by Rotary Clubs in California and Santiago.

The telemedicine enhancement reduces the costs and the trauma to chilren needing to travel for treatment.

Welcome to the brave new world of medicine!  COANIQUEM continues to welcome new technologies and to bring improved techniques for the burned children.

We welcome your contributions to help us continue the progress.

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