In a split second in 2009, Martin, at age 4, burned his face, abdomen, arms, hands, legs, and feet, as he set a mattress on fire while playing with matches.
For years, Martin and his family have been affected by this tragedy. Martin has endured painful surgeries and medical treatments. He has suffered embarrassment and ridicule because of his looks. He has been delayed in his physical development because of his injuries.
Martin's parents have suffered guilt, embarrassment, and worry because of Martin's injuries. They need to provide extra care to him, often to the neglect of other children in the family.
However - COANIQUEM has provided rehabilitation help and support since soon after the accident - all at no cost.
Martin receives reconstructive surgery periodically as his body grows. Therapists provide him with physical, psychological, and occupational treatments. He receives individualized compression garments periodically as his body grows, in order to soften his scars. He even keeps up with his schoolwork while in residence because of the on-site school, accredited by the state.
Martin's parents receive information and counseling regarding Martin's treatment at home in between sessions at the COANIQUEM center. They are instructed on ways to prevent future burn accidents to Martin and his siblings at home. One parent stays with Martin in the on-site Casabireta dormitory when he is in treatment, with free room and board.
Martin is now nine years old and in 4th grade in school. He is a good student. He recently underwent another surgery on his leg. He remains in long-term treatment, but he and his family are slowly returning to normal lives.
Thanks to the caring staff and excellent treatment at COANIQUEM!Attachments: