Tuesday, I traveled back to the hospital in Ernesto’s 1960 vintage Wileys jeep and gave another lecture on “how to take a skin graft.” I followed this up by going to the operating room and helping Dr. Sanchez, a pediatric surgeon, perform skin grafts on an 8 year old girl. We were able to cover virtually all of her open areas: about 20% of her total body - using the tumescent technique that I had described in the morning. Following this were further meetings and discussions about the functioning of their burn unit, which the hospital people have asked me to help them with.
We had some useful discussions. One of the biggest problems is the lack of financial resources for treatment. The group is very interested in my ideas about low cost alternative burn care.