Dehradun, India--Bonnie MacEvoy, Interplast volunteer anesthesiologist.
Burn patients are the most dramatic in appearance. How a person got burned varies from case to case, but in general, they are all related to some form of cooking accident. Cooking on open fires or using fuel-based fires leads to many devastating accidents. The result is facial, neck, trunk, and hand injuries on the front of the body. Poor families do not have access to electricity and live far away from hospitals or ambulances. Burn victims’ skin appears as if it were melted; the joints beneath these contractures can no longer find a way to function under that tight skin, making reconstructive surgery vital in order to salvage their functionality and movement.