This is Tuan, a fisherman from Phang Rang. He was burned in July 2006 when he bought a container of gasoline for his fishing boat engine and set it next to a kerosene lantern in his home. He does not have electricity where he lives, so these lanterns are the only means he has of lighting his house. He immediately went to the hospital in and was transferred to a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. He stayed there for 2 weeks until they operated on him, removing the burned tissue from his back and grafting on skin from his leg. Still, Tuan’s arm contractures have not been released and he can only lift his arm this high. This means that he has not been able to work since the accident, as fishing involves throwing and pulling in huge nets, requiring full functionality in both arms.
Tuan’s wife tends a small shop outside their home, selling fruit and snacks. Tuan will need to have both arms operated on before he can go back to work and help his wife support their two daughters.
The Interplast team will operate on his right arm, giving him increased range of motion. We will also encourage him to return to My Tho or Phan Rang to see Interplast again next year so that we can release the contracture on his left arm.