By Sheila Wolfson, ReSurge volunteer trip coordinator
Yastin, now 12 years old, was severely burned at the age of three. After a garbage fire broke out in the basement of her family's home in Ecuador, her sister attempted to put it out by throwing gasoline on it.
Unfortunately, Yastin was near the fire and was severely burned on her face and arms. She was taken to Quito, the capital, for emergency medical attention right after the accident, but she did not receive proper treatment for her burns. As the wounds closed up, burn scar contractures formed on one of her arms. She has lived nine years with these severe contractures on her arm.
Yastin's family recently traveled three hours by bus to bring her to see the ReSurge team in Bahía de Caráquez. There, our volunteers performed surgery to release the contractures on her right arm. Since Yastin writes with her right hand, which is now immobile so it can heal following the surgery, she will need to write with her other hand for a while when in school.
Dr. Jorge Palacios, director of ReSurge's Surgical Outreach Program in Ecuador, will provide follow-up care for Yastin in Guayaquil.