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#503146 - 04/09/15 04:50 AM Hope For Badly Burnt Child  
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Gasoline for head lice causes severe burns for girl, 9

Katerin Michel Perez, 9, of the DFC area of San Pedro Town, whose head was treated with gasoline to get rid of lice, suffered major burns to her body when her body was ignited by the stove in her family’s kitchen. She is presently fighting for her life at the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Doctors said that Perez suffered third-degree burns to 53% of her body, and that the injuries to her arms, hands and face are especially severe, and she is listed in a critical condition.

According to the San Pedro Sun, at about 7:30 Good Friday night, April 3, the girl’s scalp was treated with gasoline to get rid of parasites. However, when she passed near a lit stove in the kitchen, the fumes from the gasoline in the girl’s head ignited, and she was quickly engulfed in flames.

Her mother and father, who were at home, rushed to help their daughter, and the mother herself suffered burns to her body and hands. Neighbors went to help them, and they were all taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic in the vehicle of a neighbor, then they were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), and the little girl was flown out via an air ambulance to the burn victims unit at the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Her mother, Carolina Dominguez Meza, sustained second degree burns to the hands and face and has been admitted to the KHMH in a stable condition.

A neighbor who went to help them at the time reported that she saw the girl’s dad holding her in his arms and bringing her out of the house, and when she saw the child, she observed that her face was completely white. All the skin had already burned off, and her hair had been totally burned, and she was crying in pain. Also, the skin was peeling off her back. The father was screaming for help.

The neighbor and her husband then quickly got their truck and rushed the family to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where they were given urgent treatment.

Yvette Burke of the Burn Victims Unit Belize said that coordination was carried out with local and international agencies, and they were able to fly out Perez to the Shriners Children’s Hospital and her father was able to go along with her.

She reported that special coordination had to be carried out because of the Easter holidays, and the child did not have travel documents.

Burke said that the payment for the air ambulance was made by a generous donor, which is very rare, since air ambulance fees range from US$18,000 to US$30,000, and the payment for the bill will not have to be taken from the local Burn Victims Fund, according to the San Pedro Sun.

Neighbors and other concerned residents have planned a fundraiser that is to take place on Sunday, April 12. Monies raised will go towards assisting the family with any additional expenses. After the mother is released from the hospital, there are plans of getting her to Boston, where she can be with her child.

Anyone wanting to help or contribute to the cause can contact Miriam Zaldivar at 628-3514 or Susana Eiley at 662-2121.

Amandala


#503180 - 04/09/15 10:59 AM Re: Hope For Badly Burnt Child [Re: Marty]  
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In the US there is an organization/website to help raise funds for families like this one. It's called Go Fund Me.

Could someone locally try to set up an account for this family?

http://www.gofundme.com

#503209 - 04/10/15 05:42 AM Re: Hope For Badly Burnt Child [Re: Marty]  
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There is a benefit this Sunday by Boca del rio Park

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#503215 - 04/10/15 07:29 AM Re: Hope For Badly Burnt Child [Re: Marty]  
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Poverty and ignorance combine to maim and kill.

We need basic community level parenting classes. This did not need to happen. Time for the local primary school to sponsor parenting outreach.
This is not the first child who had lice and paid a heavy price. Some mothers use Baygon on children's heads too .... I recall one child who died from that.

#503286 - 04/12/15 05:07 AM Re: Hope For Badly Burnt Child [Re: Marty]  
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Fundraiser this morning, please help if you are able....
SUNDAY, April 12th at the Boca Del Rio area, from 10AM - 5PM. Food (Pibil & Turkey Dinner, etc) and drinks will be on sale.

My wife is a long time teacher, and recommends using mayonnaise to get rid of head lice.... Gasoline and rum are often used here, but Mayonnaise is a better option.

#503292 - 04/12/15 06:28 AM Re: Hope For Badly Burnt Child [Re: Marty]  
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It would be nice if the schools were to hand out printed literature on the available safe home remedies and over the counter products available to get rid do head lice. Any by the way, mayonnaise is not one of those commonly recommended. There are much better home remedies.

#503294 - 04/12/15 06:46 AM Re: Hope For Badly Burnt Child [Re: Marty]  
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Bush med uses wild custard apple seeds


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#503299 - 04/12/15 09:40 AM Re: Hope For Badly Burnt Child [Re: Marty]  
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The proper medical shampoo is available at the polyclinic.


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#503405 - 04/16/15 01:53 PM Re: Hope For Badly Burnt Child [Re: Marty]  
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Burn victims responding positively to medical treatment

Burn victims 9-year-old Katerin Michel Perez and her mother Carolina Dominguez Meza are responding well to medical treatments and making small but positive improvements. Perez is undergoing treatment at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston Massachusetts, USA, after she suffered 3rd degree burns to 53% of her upper body. Her mother, who received 2nd degree burns, is at the intensive care unit at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. The two received the injuries during an unfortunate accident inside their home on April 3rd.

The mother received burns to the hand, arms and part of her face. According to Carolina’s mother Olga Meza, her daughter is showing positive signs and reacting well to the treatment in Belize. “Carolina remains hospitalized and is receiving treatments for her burns. Her swelling has gone down, she has received the first skin treatment, and is preparing for the second,” explained Meza. She added that the intense treatment has caused some pain, but Carolina has remained conscious and in good spirits. “We are uncertain as to how long she will remain hospitalized.”

At home, friends and neighbors of the family, as well as concerned residents of the island hosted a fundraiser to assist the family financially. By all indications, the food sale and beach party on Sunday April 12 was a huge success. Organizers say that they are still trying to collect pledges and they are expected to make an announcement as to how much money was raised very soon.

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