Boost to help burn victims

2017-02-21 06:00
Smile foundation and Avela foundation partnership introduces state-of-the-art laser technology for children with burn scars which will go a long way in helping children.

Smile foundation and Avela foundation partnership introduces state-of-the-art laser technology for children with burn scars which will go a long way in helping children.

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Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch now has Africa’s first ground breaking state-of-the-art laser equipment to help paediatric burn ­survivors.

The Lumenis UltraPulse CO2 Laser was presented at the hospital last Thursday. The laser device is used in cutting-edge fractional laser treatment – the new, effective way to improve the disfigurement, pain and stiffness of burn scars. Mobility is a very difficult rehabilitation of burn scars and the UP laser can change this.Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, was the keynote speaker.

In an effort to improve the renowned burn unit at the hospital, the Smile and Avela Foundation teamed up to buy the Lumenis UltraPulse CO2 with the support of Avela Foundation donors. This is the first machine in the country dedicated to treat children from all over Africa. “This first of its kind machine in South Africa is what makes us stand-out from the rest. At the Western Cape Department of Health, we are ground breakers that are not satisfied with the status quo. Thanks to the Smile and Avela foundations we will now be able to treat paediatric burns on our little patients,” says Mbombo.

New advances in laser technologies have brought the possibilities to bring about major improvements in the mobility and skin scars caused by burn wounds. In laymen’s terms, the laser enters the skin tissue and stimulates new growth resulting in a smoother skin.

Childhood burns are traumatic on their own, but it is widely recognised that children who survive severe burns, often suffer from lifelong problems stemming from their deep-tissue scarring. The laser technology by treating their scars, these children have renewed hope for rehabilitation, which will result in an improved quality of life.

Founded with the vision of implementing sustainable positive changes in local communities and their hospitals, the Smile Foundation partnered with the Avela Foundation – an NGO that is passionate about helping children with burn injuries. The Avela Foundation works with young burn survivors every day, assisting them on the road to physical and psychological recovery.

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