When Wudson came to St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs, no one could touch him. The seven-year-old boy had been through more pain and fear in the past few months than most people should experience in their lifetimes.
The pain caused by changing dressings on burn wounds is excruciating. In order to do them properly patients often need to be sedated, or have local anesthesia for the pain. Wudley had neither. His nurses could not bring him to an operating room to do the dressing changes, so they resorted to doing them as infrequently as possible. By January his bandages were being changed every four days, instead of every day, which only made his pain and fear about the changes worse and greatly increased the chance of infection.
At St. Boniface, however, he finally received the care he needed. Our surgical team was able to clean his wounds and do daily dressing changes, which has made all the difference in his healing. He has even bonded with several of the staff on his care team, including Chief Surgeon Luther Ward, and several of the nurses.
“He flirts with on nurse constantly,” laughs Dr. Ward, “she’s really helped bring him out of his shell.”
Because St. Boniface is rapidly becoming the burn treatment center for southern Haiti, Wudley has been able to meet several fellow burn patients during his stay. Talking to other burn patients, especially other kids with similar injuries to his, has made Wudley see that he is not all alone. He can even have friends who look just like him.
Since arriving in January, Wudley has gone from a scared, angry little boy to a smiling, laughing, playful kid who can’t wait to get back to school and see his friends. His team of doctors and nurses eagerly look forward to that day, too.
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