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March 2016 Report
Many children admitted to Acheru require complex surgery and lengthy rehabilitation, but some are much more straightforward. Something easily treated can still significantly improve a child's quality of life. Plastic surgery patients can often be dealt with fairly quickly, as seen the in the following example.
Kigali Rogers is three years old, and suffered from burns contractures on his left hand. The injury happened when he was one month old. He and two of his brothers were sleeping when their mother left the house early. A neighbour was using an electric coil to heat beans, but the main switch was badly connected. When the neighbour went out to wash, her room and the next where the three children were caught fire. The two other children ran out, leaving their baby brother. A passing woman saw the smoke, heard the child crying, and ran in to pull him out; his mattress was burning and he suffered burns to his head and left hand. She rushed the baby to a nearby clinic and then to Mulago hospital.
When the mother came back she found the two older children, but when the fire had burned out they thought the burnt bedding was the remains of the baby. It was later announced on local radio stations that the baby was dead. Then, that evening, the woman who had taken the baby to hospital came to the house and found a group of mourners who were very surprised to hear that he was still alive.
His burns were treated at Mulago, but as he grew the problem of contractures worsened. This is a common problem for Acheru and when he was admitted he was taken to CoRSU for surgical release of the contractures, then back to Acheru for physiotherapy and daily dressings. He has now returned home.

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