8-year-old Gazan girl uses 3D printed mask to cure severe burns

8-year-old Gazan girl uses 3D printed mask to cure severe burns

Maram al-Amawi

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Maram al-Amawi, an 8-year-old Gaza child, was given a 3D-printed face mask to aid her recovery from third degree burns ,she sustained in a fire a year ago. However, she must wear it for eight hours per day for the therapy to be effective.


A year ago, eight-year-old Maram was severely burned at the Palestinian refugee camp in Nuseirat, in the central Gaza Strip.

 

The accident, which was triggered by a gas leak, killed 25 people and injured dozens more, and destroyed several businesses, according to local authorities.


Doctors Without Borders created transparent plastic masks for her and her mother, who was also critically injured on the face and hands (MSF).


The mask adds strength to the skin, which helps the body recover faster. In addition, it was provided by Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The patient's face is copied using a 3D scanner to create this mask ,which allows for the printing of custom plastic masks.


Depends on the severity of the infections, the fitted mask with adjustable straps to hold onto the face must be worn for six months to a year.


Maram is afraid of being pointed at in the playground, despite the fact that her mask is translucent and blends well with the contours of her soft face.


"The mask has improved my burns, but I'm afraid people would laugh at me if I wear it outside the door," the girl shyly confesses, dressed in the UN agency for Palestinian refugees' black-and-white striped lace uniform of her school.


"As soon as I get home from school, I put it on."


She actually wears it for eight hours a day.

Izdihar al-Amawi, her mum, wears her mask for 16 hours a day, removing it only to eat during the day.


She wears a different mask at night, as well as special gloves to protect her hands from burns.

"Thanks to the mask, our wounds have healed," Izdihar says, adding that he can now go about his household chores as he did before the incident.

 

"After shopping, we were waiting for a taxi when we heard a massive blast and saw fire everywhere," she remembers.

Izdihar and Maram were in the hospital for two months, undergoing operations.

It was difficult for them to accept their disfigured skin.

 

"After the accident, my family refused to look at my face," Izdihar says.

"I saw my face for the first time 50 days after the procedure, in the elevator mirror on my way to the clinic to get my mask."

"In two or three years, as the doctors told us," the mother of four believes the scars will fade away.

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