Hot water burns major concern at Red Cross Children’s Hospital

Ten children are receiving life changing reconstructive surgery at the hospital as part of the Smile Week Initiative.
The Burn Unit at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town says it handles up to 4 000 burn patients annually.

Ten children, including a 10-year-old burn victim are receiving life changing reconstructive surgery at the hospital as part of the Smile Week Initiative.

Head of the Burn Unit, Dr Gary dos Passos says hot water burns cause the majority of the burns though they tend to be less severe, they can also be life threatening.

He says: “They can also cause severe scarring. Hot water burns is maybe 80% of the cases in the hospital and then 15% of that is flame burns.

Flame burns are usually more serious and most of hot water burns are from accidents around the house.

The 10 reconstructive surgeries currently taking place are part of Smile Week and are made possible by donations made to the Smile Foundation.

“Any additional things that are needed like transportation, additional counselling, perhaps the family needs consumer bills, the medical equipment that the hospital needs, all those kinds of things. We use donor funding and then that enables them to look after these children professionally,” says the Foundation’s Moria Gerszt.

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