Dear HOPE Supporter,
I wanted to take this time to share an incredible story with you about to demonstrate just how much your contributions impact the lives of those HOPE provides care for:
Mohammad is a son of a day laborer who has a very low income. When Mohammad was only two months old, a lamp fell on him while he was asleep and burnt his neck, developing a debilitating contracture. Mohammad was only taken to a nearby medical store after the injury. His parents were not financially sound enough to take him to a medical facility for treatment. Mohammad could not straighten his neck or carry anything due to the contracture. Boys his age tended to ignore him, and he was socially isolated from his peers. Mohammad is just 15 years old now. The surgery was done at HOPE's third camp Mohammad is excited to start his life fresh, feeling more confident than he ever has before.
From Mohammad's family to the HOPE family, we thank you for your unwavering support to provide life-changing care for burn victims.
Thank you for making our third burn camp a HUGE success! On April 3rd through April 9th, our partner ReSurge International's in-country lead surgeon along with two assistant surgeons and an anesthesiologist hosted the third burn camp at HOPE Hospital. In total, 30 patients received life-changing surgery! This is ReSurge International's third visit to HOPE Hospital, in total providing 94 burn reconstruction surgeries. We are so grateful to have this partnership and provide this service which is much needed.
Prior to the camp, HOPE staff conducted a massive awareness campaign that involved going to distant communities to seek patients needing care. The need is so extensive in rural Bangladesh, where the use of open fires for cooking leads to a high number of burn victims. As always, ReSurge International helps train HOPE's staff so that we may provide better care for patients arriving with burn injuries. Treating burn appropriately in the first instance is crucial.
Thank you for helping us make this work possible.
It is with great pleasure that I write this update to inform you that HOPE's second burn camp provided lifesaving sureries to 36 patients! This is incrediuble, and made possible due to supporters like yourselves, and from our partner, ReSurge International. ReSurge brought with them an experienced team of medical and non-medical volunteers, and worked diligently through their trip to make this happen. Please find below a story povided from ReSurge about Lucky, pictured, one of the patient's who's life was truly transformed:
"“Where’s my baby? Where’s my baby?” Those were the first words that Lucky spoke after waking up from her surgery for burn reconstruction at Hope Hospital in Bangladesh. When we told her he was just fine, she smiled and drifted back to sleep.
Lucky is a young, devoted mother of two small boys – and her name seems almost unfitting when you first learn of her story.
Her own loving parents named her Lucky when she became their only child after years of hoping to have children. She grew up, married and became a high school teacher, learning English and pursuing her master’s degree. Lucky loved teaching and children.
When she was giving birth to her first son, complications arose, the labor was prolonged and her first baby was born with severe brain damage. He is now three and still cannot hold up his head nor walk. As services for disabled children are few in Bangladesh, she needed to leave her job as a teacher to care for him.
The next year, she was expecting again. To avoid the labor complications this time, her doctors recommended and scheduled a c-section. The day before she was to travel to Chittagong Hospital for the delivery, Lucky was cooking on her floor-level stove when her dress caught fire. She remembers little from that fateful day except that her arms were burning as she tried to keep the fire from her belly, her baby.
Lucky was rushed to the Chittagong Hospital and the emergency doctors wrapped her wounds. The next morning, still in severe pain from her burns, she delivered a healthy baby boy, as scheduled. Then, Lucky was taken by ambulance to Dhaka for further treatment of her burns. Her newborn and other child stayed behind in the care of her in-laws.
She went a month without seeing her children while being treated for her burns in Dhaka. The separation and the treatment were both painful. Lucky returned home after the long month, but was still not well enough to fully care for her children for another 8 months. Thankfully, her in-laws are kind and helped. Although she healed and regained her health, the wounds on her arm contracted and she could no longer extend it fully, making it difficult to care for her children.
Last month, Lucky came to the Hope Hospital in Cox’s Bazar and the ReSurge surgical team cared for her. With reconstructive surgery, they released the elbow burn contracture so that she will be able to use her arm more fully. Moreover, outside the normal scope of ReSurge’s work, Dr. Evan Bloom, the team pediatrician, and Mohan Dangol, the team physical therapist, were able to provide her some comforting advice and splints for her older son.
For someone who has suffered so much, the ReSurge team was happy to provide whatever assistance they could. Lucky was very thankful for the help and said that she actually felt lucky for the first time in a long time.
So perhaps the name Lucky did fit her that week, but we also will fondly remember Lucky as Courageous, Resilient, Kind and Devoted. We wish her the best."
Story Credit: ReSurge International
Photo Credit: Jeffrey Davis
Thank you again for your support.
We hope this email finds you well. We are excited to announce that ReSurge International is currently at HOPE Hospital conducting its second burn repair camp! Your support not only helps us bring patients to the hospital but provide around-the-clock care for them post-surgery as well as for their follow-up visits after ReSurge leaves Bangladesh.
ReSurge International, a California-based non-profit will not only repair burn victims through reconstructive surgery, but they will also continue to train our local team, midwives and village health workers on how to respond to burn immediately to prevent permanent damage. When our vilalge health workers are trained in such a manner, they will be available in their home villages to repspond to children who are accidentally burned and located far from a hospital. The healthw orker will respond with the most effective first aid and educate the parents on the importance of their children getting to a hospital or medical center for thorough reatment.
ReSurge International and supporters like YOU enable us to save more and more lives of those most vulnerable. Thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing patient stories with you after their trip!
Did you know that every year it is estimated that 13,000 permanent disabilities in children in Bangladesh are caused by accidents such as burn? Burn ranks as in the top 3 injuries that cause complete debilitation of children, rendering them unable to attend school. Often these children resort to begging on the street as there are scarce resources for disabled children in rural areas. In addition to providing corrective surgery for these victims, HOPE wants to put an end to preventable injuries.
HOPE's Mothers' Clubs provide the perfect forum for our doctors and nurses to educate these women leaders of rural villages on the precautions they should take for their children, how to avoid burn accidents, and appropriate response in the event an injury occurs. We believe firmly in providing care where care was not available before, but really addressing and mitigating the actual problem before it even happens. Our education seminars to our Mothers' Clubs have proved beneficial as many families had never thought of preventive measures they can take to protect their children. We will continue to work for the children in Bangladesh.
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