“I had to always be by Yasir’s side,” his mother tells us, smiling warmly. “Before his treatment, he was unable to hold a spoon or a cup on his own. Now I can let him eat on his own – it gives me more time to do other things.”
When we first met Yasir’s mother, she told us of her hopes and dreams for her son’s future. The main one was that he get the treatment he needed for the burns on his hand. Thanks to your donations, we managed to make this dream come true.
Living in a tent
Yasir and his family live as refugees in a tent in Lebanon. It was in this tent that Yasir was badly burnt a year and a half ago, when he was just five months old. He was sat in a child’s chair on the floor. He somehow managed to roll the seat near to the heater, and placed his hand on the heater. “The noise of him wailing and crying was so upsetting,” his mother tells us.
She rushed him to the pharmacy right away, where they put an ointment on his hands. She was told it was just a superficial burn and that Yasir would be fine. However, over a number of months one of his fingers gradually started to stick to his palm. The family were really surprised, and wanted to take him to a doctor. But medical treatment is expensive in Lebanon, and they are very poor, and so they decided they would try to look for someone who could help them.
Ever since this has happened, Yasir had to use both hands to grab even small things. The two-year old is too young to understand properly what is wrong with him, but his family did tell us that it means that they have to help him to do everyday activities that other children his age can do easily.
Eventually a neighbor gave Yasir’s parents INARA’s number. They called and we brought them to the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) for a medical assessment. The AUBMC doctors informed us that the burn on his finger is contracted and that, if left untreated, he would not be able to open it.
Yasir had a skin graft and scar revision surgery in July. The surgery was a success and has restored full functionality to his hand. “He can use his hand freely now. I am happier, definitely. The whole family is happier,” his mother tells us, tears of joy in her eyes.
Yasir is one of many Syrian children who has been injured as a result of living in small, cramped, unsafe living conditions as a refugee. INARA has worked hard to respond to such cases, and has also worked together with UNHCR on an educational video to reduce the number of refugee children suffering burns due to lack of safety awareness.
You can help children like Yasir by donating to INARA today.
UNICEF contributed to Yasir's treatment.