Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu treats children up to the age of 14 and was established in 1963. Prince Harry spent time touring the hospital’s facilities and meeting with staff and patients. The Prince visited the Burns -Unit and met 16 children aged between 11 months and 11 years. In support of the children who are admitted to Kanti with severe burns, Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen arranges ‘Goody Bags’ for each child which includes handmade knitted dolls toys, stickers, toothbrush, mobile, brick game supported by C.H.A.N.C.E For Nepal(U.K) .
“Children who must stay at the hospital long time will be comforted with Goody bags. The hospital is doing everything possible to make their treatment better and healthier, but still we believe we can do something to make their stay happier. Goody bags are the quickest and easiest way to keep the children happy. Shenpen/C.H.A.N.C.E For Nepal (U.K) attempts to provide a joyous moment to the children at Burns-Unit that leads them to lasting memories.
Prince Harry met the children and took a moment to laugh with them and play with their dolls. He also took time to pose for photographs with staff and parents and even high-fived one youngster.
Among the children that Prince Harry met was Pemba Sherpa, five, who suffered horrific burns in one such incident in January. About Pemba, Prince Harry was heard saying ‘He’s very brave.’
Pemba attained injuries to his legs and feet including the loss of six toes after falling into a fire while his family, including mum Doma Sherpa, 31, were overcome with carbon monoxide fumes. ‘I assume he can’t walk,’ the prince said. ‘Of course he can, nothing will stop him,’ he was told by staff.
Prince Harry was particularly taken with the knitted dolls that each child is given by Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen while they’re in hospital which was knitted by group of ladies in U.K made them for the children at Kanti Hospital. C.H.A.N.C.E for Nepal (U.K) manages to bring them to Nepal for the children at the Burns Unit. The prince said he loved the little knitted dolls that the children had been given.
The majority of the children come in with burns as a result of scalding. In rural areas they operate on an open cooking system, often inside, which cause injuries as a result of boiling oil or water.Many of the patients at the Kanti Children’s Hospital were injured living in temporary accommodation following the disaster, where families have been forced to cook on open fires, often inside tents. ‘Most of the child cases who comes at kanti are accidents. Some have been badly scalded, others burnt by boiling oil or in a cooking fire.
Most of the patients are from rural communities who have no training in fire safety.’Part of the problem is that due to the social structure here and the poverty parents find themselves unable to seek help straight away. They are poor, can’t afford not to work, cannot get transport to the hospital and have no oxygen or medicine. The result is that infection can set in and by the time we see the children they often lose toes, hands, feet, fingers and even limbs.’
They also treat a great deal of injuries caused by flames and, to a lesser extent, burns caused by the children touching high voltage wires, when they catch their kites in them.
Portions of this article were adapted from: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/