Nov 11, 2014

Burned Child Afffects Lives - His and His Family's

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!

Aug 14, 2014

2014 Professional Training Program for Child Burns

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During 2014 COANIQUEM will conduct with the support of AGCI (Chilean Agency for International Aid) the 8th International Training Program in Rehabilitation of Burned Children with the participation of 21 health care professionals from Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru. After an e-learning course and one month stay at the Rehabilitation Center, the professionals will be able to implement good practices of COANIQUEM’s model of care at their home burn centers. More than 2 million children suffer from burn injuries each year in these countries.
In the picture: Dr Jorge Rojas-Zegers and Jorge Daccarett Director of AGCI

May 19, 2014

Staff Member Provides Motivation for the Children

Staff and Patients Share Experiences
Staff and Patients Share Experiences

Staff member Lily at COANIQUEM Burn Rehabilitation Center in Santiago, Chile, provides motivation and hope for the burned children treated there.

Lily's long-time treatment is also an example of the length of time it sometimes takes for a child to recover, both physically and mentally, in order to live a normal life.

See Lily's story attached and Carolina's testimony to the loving care received at COANIQUEM.

8,000 children per year receive this treatment free of charge at the centers in Santiago, Antofagasta, and Puerto Montt, Chile.  Additionally, prevention campaigns are conducted in Chile and in other Latin American countries, in an effort to reduce the incidence of childhood burns.

Another program of COANIQUEM provides training for health professionals from throughout Latin America via e-learning and one-month residencies at COANIQUEM Santiago.  This training allows local treatment in those countries, thereby widening the reach of care for burned children.

We are proud to raise funds here in the U.S. to support these wonderful efforts to help the burned children of Latin America!  We appreciate the support of our many donors!

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