New Hand for Am Dai

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A four-day journey from the Thai-Burma border to come for surgery on her hand – burnt in a fire when she was three. They were referred to me by friends in NE Burma. Our reach is getting stronger and further!

Am Dai is a little girl, she is one of seven young children in a family that lives along the Thai-Burma border. I’m getting lots of calls from people in Burma thanking me for helping her – the power of social media??!!

Her surgery was completed by an American plastic surgeon working in Kunming who specialises in hand surgery! The surgery was free of charge as well! MHSF paid for the travel expenses, permits and living costs for Am Dai and her father.

TOP:Before surgery Am Dai was unable to extend her hand at all.
BOTTOM: After extensive skin grafts, Am Dai has a functional hand again!

[Update] Little Am Dai back for wound debriding, suture removal, and check-up at my kitchen table clinic! Initially, Am Dai was crying at the thought of me touching her wound (her dad said other doctors ripped off the dressing despite her screams). I told her we’d go super slow….and prayed, lots, and she was smiling and laughing through most of it! Not often you see a happy child whilst getting their burn skin graft debrided!! I’m used to debriding leprous wounds that are mostly numb but I had in the forefront of my mind, “do unto others as you would have them do to you”. I would want someone to be kind, careful, skillful if I had a wound this size!!

Super thankful for my friend Nina keeping her entertained and happy too!! So the graft looks good and the dark, dry bits of skin will continue to come off, so another successful and happy patient!!

Debriding the skin graft to keep the new skin growing well

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