From being a confident, jovial person to becoming the strong and independent person, Nafisa Khan (name changed) had gone through a rough journey.
It all happened back in 2015, while she was cooking on a stove, at her residence in Sangli, when her kurta caught fire. What seemed like an end to her life, turned out to be a life changer.
“I went to a hospital in Beed for primary care, during which the doctor instructed me not to walk at all. Since that day, I have never got up or walked,” said Khan.
She will be one of the 23 patients who will be given free correction surgery as a part of the operation RESTORE camp, at the National Burns Centre, Airoli.
“The reason Khan can’t walk is not merely the burns, but because of inadequate primary healthcare. It’s important to understand that the reason we have to conduct corrective surgeries is because even doctors are quite inadequately trained when it comes to burns,” said Dr Sunil Keswani, Medical director of National Burns Centre.
Since past 5 years, operation RESTORE camp has been reaching and providing medical facilities to those suffering from burn deformities and who cannot afford them.
“We have doctors from across the country who come voluntarily to perform these surgeries,” added Dr Keswani.
“There is a very strong need to create awareness about burns among people. In fact, as much as 80 per cent of burns, that happen in India, are due to unsafe housing or working conditions, which is purely avoidable,” said Dr Aniketh Venkataram, cosmetic plastic and hair transplant surgeon at Venkat Charmalaya, Bangalore.
“The satisfaction that we get after coming here is an asset for us. There is nothing else that drives us to the camp here,” said Dr Rajesh Pawar, professor and head of the department of plastic surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru (KLE) University and Medical College, Belgaum.