Two year old Fitia received serious burns in what is an all too common accident in developing nations. Most houses don’t have electricity or gas or running water and the way most families cook is on open fires outside the houses. Most of these families are struggling to feed their children and while the mothers prepare the food they do their best to keep an eye on their kids, but unfortunately it only takes a moment.
Maybe a mother goes into the house for just a minute to quickly get something she has forgotten, and then just right at that moment when she can’t see the children getting dangerously close to the fire one of them falls. That’s exactly what happened to little Fitia. Most of the time these children contract a deadly infection through the open wounds and die.
En Fitia’s case it was thanks to the arrival of a medical team from the hospital ship Africa Mercy, that had come to screen patients for surgery on board, that saved her. Mirjam Plomb director of the screening team realized that Fitia would probably not survive without immediate medical care and so they decided to fly her back to the ship with them.
A few months later Mirjam said goodbye to Fitia. The antibiotics and several surgeries had done their job and now this little Malagasy girl was able to return home to her family with much a much brighter outlook for her future than when she first arrived.