News

26.06.2012

Saruli is doing better today due to fast and intensive help

It has been a couple of months when we first introduced you to the destiny of Saruli. The eleven-year-old girl from one of our project villages in Mugu, suffered from an accident in her parents-home which caused severe burnings of her lower body. Since there is no doctor available neither at her village nor the neighbour villages and there was also no doctor in the closest region-hospital at that time, Back to Life e.V. decided to bring her to the specialized hospital for victims of burning in Kathmandu.

Initially, Saruli was carried with a stretcher on small paths, partly over snow-covered passes, to the next airstrip where she had to wait several days for a flight bringing her to Kathmandu. Only after long-lasting and painful nine days on which she was always accompanied by one of our project workers, Saruli reached the Patan Hospital in Kathmandu.

There the complicated first wound-treatment started during the next eleven days. Due to the immense pain the treatment could only be made in general anaesthesia. In several little operations the wounds got cleaned and the melted nylon-pieces of the sari that she was wearing when the accident happened and which were burned into her skin were also removed. Saruli was very brave though she really had to suffer from overpowering pain.

After eleven days she was transferred to the Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital in Kathmandu, which is specialized on the after-treatment of burnings and reconstructive surgery. Here, too, Sarulis wounds needed to be cleaned several times a day to support the natural healing process.

In the following weeks and during several operations she got so called mesh-grafts on her legs, her left arm and her buttocks and also own-skin-transplantations to be able to close the huge wounds. Even these many operations Saruli endured very brave before she started a special therapeutical treatment where she had to wear specifically made “compression-trousers” to prevent hypertrophic scars.

At the same time Saruli received important moving-therapy during several weeks, so that her skin would stay elastic and her (freedom of) movement could be improved.

It was after 108 long days (!!!!) that Saruli and her father, who stayed with her during the whole time, were able to leave the hospital in Kathmandu. And it was already April when they finally arrived at their home village in Mugu.

The enjoyment of reunion was impossible to describe. Already on the way from the airstrip to their village many of Sarulis friends, relatives and villagers were coming along to hold her in their arms again. Some of the villagers said, that they did not think they would ever see her again since such severe burning normally mean the certain death in the remoteness of Mugu.

Saruli’s mother, Karmkala was crying so hard that she was first not able to say anything when our project worker asked her, how she would feel. Later, after she calmed down a little bit she said that she dreamed of her girl every night and that she thought of her right after she woke up. Every morning she started the day with tears in her eyes. The whole time she could not really sleep and rest, always worrying, if she would ever see her little girl again. “Today is the luckiest day of my life. I would have never thought that my daughter would come back in such a good condition of health.”

Saruli’s parents take care of her touchingly and her father watches out that Saruli gets the ointments regularly which were prescribed from the doctor in Kathmandu. She is doing much better by now. She is able to walk without any problems. Just sitting down and getting up is still somehow difficult for her. She has to move slowly and carefully so that she does not damage the still very soft skin.


                         Saruli and her family together with our Staff member Nilkantha in their home village in Mugu

It is now just a short time that Saruli is going to school again with her friends. Due to the accident she did miss the final exams and therefore she has to repeat the school year, but she does not care: “At the beginning I lost every hope that I would ever be able to stand up and walk again. Now I am able to go back to school with my friends. I am very happy about that and enjoy every day.”

In October Saruli has to go back to the hospital in Kathmandu to get a follow-up-examination. Then it will be decided, if and how many operations will be needed, so that the girl has a future without any further restraints and a mostly pain-free-life.


“Due to the help of Back to Life my child got reborn” said Saruli’s mother and she wanted to say her deepest ‘thank you’ to all the supporters in the name of her whole family.

 

 

For Sarulis further treatment we are still urgently looking for support. If you would like to help Saruli, you can do so HERE.

 

In the name of Saruli and the whole Back-to-Life-Team, we say THANK YOU!!