Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Stanley is ten years old and lives in scenic Petite Riviere with his mothers and sisters in a small, but attractive painted house. Late this summer he was rushed to the hospital after an oil lamp toppled over by his bedside, and burning oil poured onto his legs. His legs and thighs were very badly burnt. 

After extensive skin grafts and surgery, Stanley was able to be moved and begin his rehabilitation. Not only did his muscles have to be excercised back into use, but special attention had to be paid to control scarring, which might have detrimental impacts on his everyday mobility and physical functionality. 

He left HAS and rehab being able to walk, and his mother was taught what daily excercises he needed to practice in order to continue proper healing. 

A few weeks ago, a team of RTTP and HAS staff members went to Petite Riviere to check up on Stanley. He hadn't checked in at HAS or any other clinics in the area for a long time, and some people were growing increasingly anxious to know how he was. 

Stanley wasn't very easy to find, since he hadn't checked in or scheduled any appointments. Although the hospital had records of him living in Petite Riviere, and some physical therapists recalled the neighborhood he lived in, there was still no clear notion of where to find him. 

After dozens of phone calls, a small team from HAS hopped from clinic to clinic, to local community leaders, trying to follow every lead as to where he might be. Eventually they found Stanley and his family. Much to the team's excitement, Stanley's mother had been very diligent with is daily exercises, and Stanley showed visible improvement. Although he is still mostly confined to his house and can't wear pants due to the irritation they cause for his wounds, Stanley was doing remarkably well.  After David Charles, one of the leading physical therapists at HAS sat down to test his range of motion and examine his overall flexibility, it was clear that he was indeed healing quite well. Stanley could even run, and demonstrated an impressive range of comfort in different movements. Some of his wounds were infected and needed cleaning, but Stanley denied that he was in any pain at all--what a trooper! 

We are all very confident that Stanley's family is taking his healing very seriously, and is being careful to make sure that he continues his daily exercises every day, and actively recovers through the rehabilitation techniques they learned at HAS, in the Physio-therapi department. 

Above: Stanley and his mother at home in Petite Riviere, after months of at-home rehabilitation and recovery.

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