ReSurge volunteers Dr. Jonathan Rausky and Dr. Steven Parker visit with their patient, Fatima, in Malawi the day after she received surgery on a burn scar contracture to her neck that had previously pulled her head downward toward her chest.
Fatima was accidentally burned by boiling water in her home. She and her mother had come to the hospital many times to receive surgery but had to be turned away. This is often the case in developing countries where medical care for burns is extremely limited.
Dr. Rausky and Dr. Parker went to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe, Malawi, to do a visiting educator workshop. In collaboration with the surgical, nursing and anesthesia staff at KCH, Drs. Rausky and Parker were able to operate on Fatima and restore function to her neck—using the operation as an opportunity to teach their local counterparts at the hospital.
Photo by Joe Lippi