Two-year-old Sylvester lives with his parents in their single-room home in Tanzania. Because of the limited space, the room serves multiple purposes for the family. One day, as his mother was preparing food, Sylvester moved closer to the pot and inserted his arm into the boiling water.
“I quickly grabbed him and rushed him to the nearby dispensary clinic and then the district hospital,” Sylvester’s mother shares. “When the wound recovered, he couldn’t extend his fingers.”
As the skin on Sylvester’s hand healed from the burn injury, the scar thickened and tightened, forming a contracture that limits movement of his hand and fingers. The family decided to visit our medical partner, Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT).
“One neighbor who once was treated at CCBRT advised us to come to CCBRT’s Disability Hospital,” Sylvester’s mother continues. “Sylvester was examined, but we couldn’t afford for him to be treated. I am a homemaker, and my husband is a laborer.”
Sylvester is scheduled to undergo surgery to release the contractures on his hand on March 6. His family needs help raising $1,036 to pay for his operation, one month of hospital care, food, medicine, medical supplies, and dressing changes.
With treatment at CCBRT, Sylvester has the opportunity to succeed at school, feed himself, and have a full and productive life.
“I will be glad to see Sylvester’s fingers corrected so he can hold a pen properly, among other things he loves to do with his hands,” says his mother. “I thank God for everything. He has heard my cry.’’