When Dr. Ashraf Qdeimat first laid eyes on 36-year-old Shireen Al-Baw, he was in awe at the sight and size of his patient’s infected burn wounds.
“Her frontal upper body was covered with puss and foul smelling discharge. That’s how severe the infection was,” explained Dr. Qdeimat.
Shireen had been preparing traditional flatbread for her eight children and husband using a clay oven in her West Bank home when she had her first ever epileptic seizure. As she lost consciousness, she fell on the scorching lime stones. A few seconds later, she woke up to the excruciating pain of her flesh burning.
After being treated briefly at a nearby hospital, Shireen’s family encouraged her to try “traditional” Palestinian treatment methods. Although these holistic, natural treatments are deemed effective by some, Shireen’s case needed immediate medical intervention.
Shireen Receives Treatment at a Charitable Clinic
Luckily for Shireen, the charitable clinic where she sought treatment receives high-quality medical donations from aid organizations, such as Anera. Recently, Anera delivered a vital shipment donated by International Health Partners (IHP) containing tubes of burn ointment, gauze rolls, sterile dressings and double-layered bandages.
Although the tragic incident happened several months ago, Shireen still needs regular treatment at the clinic under the supervision of Dr. Qdeimat. She is quite grateful for the attention she has received throughout her recovery, and the medical aid to Palestine that has helped her, including IHP’s most recent donation.
Dr. Qdeimat is also grateful for the crucial medical supplies. “Since this new donation was received, we have witnessed eight burn cases, mainly among children,” said the doctor. He attributes this to the winter season and the reliability on heating sources that could be hazardous.
Today, with some help from the donated cream, gauze and dressings, Shireen knows that the worst is behind her. Her wounds are healing adequately, and she’s looking forward to making a near full recovery.