On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, an international team of burn surgeons led by medical professionals from Israel’s National Burn Center and the Israel Center for Disaster Medicine at Sheba Medical Center set up the first pediatric laser dedicated to treating disfiguring burn scars in children at Sacre Coeur Hospital in Milot, Haiti.
During the mission, which was sponsored by Burn Advocates Network and led by Sam Davis, 30 surgeons, nurses and therapists representing 6 Haitian and D.R. Hospitals were mentored by Sheba’s doctors in the use of this specialized laser and other state-of-the-art techniques for treating heartbreaking burns in children. The attendees also got to observe a number of successful laser surgeries performed on young patients with life-altering burn scars. The visiting surgeons performed ten laser procedures in all.
The Israeli doctors were confronted by several cases that required emergency surgery. One case was a 27-year old pregnant woman, who had fallen into a cooking fire after suffering a seizure. She had been in the hospital for many months as the deep second degree burns on her face had caused her mouth to almost seal completely. The burns under her eyelids contracted preventing her from closing her eyes. In short, she was going blind and unable to eat. She was in immediate danger of starving to death. The chances of delivering a healthy baby and surviving the birth were slipping away. The team from Sheba Medical Center, assisted by their Haitian colleagues, examined her and after much deliberation decided that, despite the risks, it was worth performing the surgery. The emergency surgery saved the woman’s life and the life of her baby.
I-PEARLS, Israel’s very first pediatric laser facility, is housed in Israel’s national burn center at Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer.
Burn injuries, whether from terrorist attacks or cooking accidents, leave traumatizing scars on children.
At Sheba, Israel’s national hospital and global innovative medical powerhouse, I-PEARLS is replacing outdated and painful burn scar treatments with hope.
Through groundbreaking pediatric aesthetic and reconstructive laser technology, Sheba is helping children with burn scars avoid painful and invasive surgeries.