Ramy’s father explains to us that he’s a shy young boy. But he spends most of his time in the INARA offices opening doors and waving at the team. He seems anything but shy on that day for some reason, and his father finds tells us that this is unusual.
Life in a tent
Ramy was only nine months old when he was badly burnt in the tent that he and his family live in as Syrian refugees in Lebanon. His mother placed a pot of water on the small gas heater that they have in the tent. She turned her back on her young son to get something from the kitchen, but in that short space of time, Ramy crawled to the pot and knocked it over himself.
His family took him immediately to the Lebanese Red Cross, who cleaned the burns for him. They recommended that his parents take him to the nearest hospital, but the family had no money to pay for treatment. Even so, they went to the hospital, hoping that they might be able to help anyway, but they were turned away.
The impact on Ramy
Ramy has burns on his neck, chest, and both arms. The burns on his arms have formed hard, tight webs underneath his armpit that heavily restrict his ability to move. Not only that, but, as his father explains, he has been traumatized by this experience.
“Ever since he has become extremely upset whenever we cook in the tent,” he says, noticeably upset. “He gets very upset when he goes to see doctors too.”
Ramy is now two years of age. He’s still too young to really notice the burns, and doesn’t remember a life without them. His parents have spent the past year and a half looking for someone who could help their son, but have been passed from organization to organization.
Recently the family were told by UNHCR that INARA might be able to help them. They contacted one of our caseworkers, who booked an appointment for Ramy to see our doctors at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).
Dr Amir Ibrahim met with the young boy and explained that he would need a scar release surgery for the burns under his armpits. He would also need a CO2 laser injection on his chest – which would ensure the scarring isn’t so tight that it restrict child’s growth.
Your act of kindness enabled this
We can only help children like Ramy with your donations. Your generosity and kindness enable us to help the refugee children that we work with day in, day out. Many parents, like Ramy’s, struggle to afford the healthcare that their children need. “It’s very hard to live in Lebanon,” his father told us. “It’s very expensive here in comparison to Syria, and we can’t provide our children the healthy lives they deserve.”
Thankfully life is looking more positive for Ramy and his family now that his surgery has been booked in. “I want to say thank you to the people who donated so my child can have the treatment he needs,” his father said to us warmly when we met with him.
Now his father has high hopes for Ramy. “I hope that he will get healthy, educated, and become a doctor like the ones that helped him.”
UNICEF contributed towards Ramy's treatment.