“I would love Susan to be able to use her arm properly again,” her mother shares.
Susan is an active and playful four-year-old from Tanzania, where she lives with her parents and three older siblings. Her parents run a small store to provide for the family’s needs. Susan loves to play games with her friends, but has difficulty with daily activities like household chores and getting dressed due to a burn on her arm from an accident with hot tea.
“Since she was burnt by hot tea a year ago, her wounds are healed but she has a terrible contracture at her right elbow,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). This contracture–or scarring–can result in tough, tight skin that restricts Susan’s range of motion.
For $550 we can fund a single burn contracture release surgery which will address the tough tissue and provide follow-up therapy so that Susan can regain mobility. Our partners expect that the surgery and rehabilitation will enable Susan to use her arm again so that she can resume daily activities with independence.