Exactly one year ago, I traveled to Addis Ababa to officially begin the work of Burn Care International in Ethiopia. I am honored to partner with Dr. Einar Eriksen in this life changing work. I brought an excellent seamstress on board to work with us and she immediately understood the reason for using a pressure garment and has done an excellent job this year. I am looking forward to traveling to Ethiopia this fall to give some training to the medical staff on the use and importance of pressure garments for reducing scar formation and preventing contractures as well as catch up with the Ericksens and spend some time with Aminat! Working with burn survivors has been such a blessing for my life and I thanking God today and everyday that he gave me this ministry!
This may look like an ordinary sidewalk, but it actually leads to one of my favorite places- The pediatric burn unit at the public hospital in Cochamba, Bolivia! I am headed there tomorrow and cannot wait to walk through the hospital doors into a place that feels like home!
Cute little Belinda is not a happy camper today but isn’t she still a cutie pie! I try to post happy photos but we all know that it’s kind of unrealistic to think that burns, doctor visits, pain, medicine, tight garments, little children and the word happy would often go together? The first few visits are traumatic because the kids are afraid of clinics in general and worry what we are going to do to them. Thankfully it doesn’t take long for us to build trust and start seeing some smiles! We do all we can to make this a positive experience for our patients and their families!! Your involvement helps us make a difference everyday!
Isn’t he the cutest!! Meet seven year old Dusan Raul, accidentally burned with hot oil! Everyone has their own story to tell but all have patients have one thing in common, they share a long rehabilitation plan that requires a lot of patience! We do our best to add a little fun! No little boy wants to wear a face mask 24/7 but we got our hands on a little blue for special occasions! This is definitely a special occasion- that smile says he’s as happy as we are with this cute little pressure garment ❤️
God literally set me on fire so that I would have a passion for other burn victims......Now, I travel and teach, helping care givers in developing countries around the world with practical ideas on how to offer a low cost, effective, rehabilitation program to their patients.