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Paediatric Burn Survivour Camp in CMC Vellore


Poorna, a Burns Survivour’s story

12-year-old Poorna* was alone at home with her brother, eager to assist her mother by burning the trash. Tragedy struck when a deodorant can exploded, engulfing everything around her in flames. She was rushed to CMC with severe burns covering 40% of her body. Despite daunting challenges and endless pain she pressed on through the acute recovery.

However, she realized that this injury had changed her life forever. Soon came the contractures and hypertrophic scars and multiple surgeries to correct the various deformities. She felt depressed, desolate and alone. Then she was invited to the annual burns camp where she met so many children like her with their own story of pain, perseverance, and triumph. She felt at home. Now, as she prepares for NEET, Poorna dreams of becoming a doctor, inspired by those who once tended to her wounds.

Paediatric Burns camp - Children have check ups at the Burns camp in CMC Vellore
Examining the Children at the Burns Camp

Burns Survivour Camp

Organized by the Department of Pediatric Surgery, the camp is supported by various medical specialties including Plastic Surgery, Dietary, HLRS, Physiotherapy and occupational therapy. The Paediatric burns survivour camp serves as a beacon of hope and healing for children like Poorna, fostering a sense of community and resilience amidst adversity. Here, children with burns bond with fellow survivors, share their journey, and gain strength from the camaraderie. Every year over 40 burns survivors, now life-long friends, gather for a day of celebrations –  games, cultural activities and free health check-ups. Here are some pictures from the Burns camp in May 2023.

Get involved

Be a part of our unique Burns Camp this year in May 2024. You can volunteer your time and meet friends like Poorna who need your encouragement.

You can also support the Burns camp financially. Help us raise ₹2,00,000 for this year’s Burns Camp. The more we raise every year,  the more children we can invite. As the community grows so do the needs.

Every contribution is precious!

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