For the poor in India, cooking a daily meal can become a tragedy. A significant number of women evaluated by our team for surgery suffered their burn injuries while cooking for their families.
One patient casually mentioned burns as a common occurrence in her village. “Women get burned when cooking and men get burned in factories, “ she explained. In the hospital waiting room burn patients fill every seat and spill over into hallways and empty rooms. Many of them cover their scars with shawls as if ashamed of their calamities. I asked a few patients if they knew others who have similar injuries. Everyone knew of at least two other cases in their villages.
Being here brings ReSurge’s work into perspective. It makes me proud to work for an organization that not only treats these patients but is also working to prevent future injuries.
And so, from Dehradun, India, I hope those of you who read this blog join ReSurge’s ReThink Burns campaign and advocate for the patients I am meeting and those at risk of suffering a similar fate.