Stories of Hope - Tenzin's Smile
The little girl’s screams could be heard throughout the crowded clinic. In the seventeen days, since her first visit, Tenzin Dolma’s cries penetrated many hearts.
This five-year-old girl made daily visits with her parents who traveled for miles through the remote, mountainous area of India. Tenzin had experienced severe burns to her left arm having been scalded by boiling water atop an indoor, open fire stove.
Her parents brought her with a high fever and open burn wounds to the heavily crowded clinic in Zanskar, where hundreds of residents signed up for care. They desperately hoped someone could help their daughter.
When she arrived, medical missionaries immediately administered antibiotics and burn cream provided by MAP to stop any infection. But the difficult part of her treatment was just beginning.
For the next two weeks, Tenzin’s bandages were painfully removed and reapplied to promote healing. The medical missionary described her bravery:
“There were no pain medications for her other than a paracetamol an hour before the dressing change. She was extremely brave and came in every day with a sad look but got up on the table and let us do her dressings. Her screaming was heard throughout the clinic, and we had to hold her down on the table.”
It's hard to imagine this little girl’s pain. But her situation is not unusual in many resource-poor countries.
Fortunately for Tenzin, a MAP supplied medical mission team was traveling near her village. They treated her with bandages, gauze, burn cream and life-saving antibiotics.
At the end of their trip, the team shared their joy in finally seeing Tenzin’s beautiful smile after 17 grueling days.