Waitress Suffers Serious Burns, Then Gets Fish Scales Grafted Onto Her Body!
After being involved in a terrible accident that left her with severe burn injuries, this woman decided to take a risk on a bizarre new treatment. Instead of dealing with her burns in the traditional way, these doctors decided to make special dressings out of fish scales!
Maria Ines Candido da Silva works as a waitress in the town of Russas. Unfortunately, while she was going about her duties one day, an explosion occurred in the kitchen.
Maria was lucky to escape alive, but she suffered some nasty burns all over her body.
At just 36 years of age, it’s sad to say that this woman will never look the same. Burn scars stick around for years and years, so Maria will have to deal with them for the rest of her life.
The most-affected areas are her arms, legs and chest, while she also suffered a particularly nasty burn along her neck and the lower part of her face.
Maria was rushed to hospital, where doctors instantly started to plan out the most effective way to help her burns heal.
They identified that most of her burns were second degree, which is when the outer and middle layer of skin are affected, while the deepest layer is still intact.
Second degree burns aren’t quite as bad as third degree burns, but they’re still exceptionally painful and dangerous.
The worst part about injuries like this is that the recovery process can be long and extremely painful.
Upon Maria’s arrival, doctors used cream and gauze to cover her wounds.
This is the traditional way of treating burns, but it’s quite time-consuming and it hurts a lot!
Because Maria’s burns were so bad, the dressings needed to be replaced every single day, and the skin also had to be cleaned.
Maria said, “When they put the creams into my wounds it was like I was being tortured, and the touch of the water to shower it off caused so much pain.”
In order to alleviate her pain, doctors decided to offer her a totally different treatment: fish skin.
Yes, we’re serious! It sounds crazy, but fish skin dressings are the new thing in the world of burn treatments!
The skins are usually taken from the Tilapia fish. These fish are popular on the dinner table, but people rarely eat their scales, so this is a smart way of recycling them!
The doctors worked to sanitize the skins and remove their odor before applying them to Maria’s body.
These skins are actually filled with collagen, an important building block that helps skin cells to regenerate. They’re also naturally designed to be disease resistant. When applied to burn wounds, they are able to help sufferers recover more quickly than traditional creams and dressings.
They also don’t need to be changed, and this definitely help the patient enjoy a far less painful recovery period.
When the skin has healed, the scales can be removed with the aid of vaseline or another lubricant.
Incredibly, the scales are able to provide such fantastic pain relief that many patients don’t even need to take painkillers while their bodies recover.
It really is a win-win situation for everyone!
Maria will have to live with her scars forever, but she’s already doing a lot better and is thankful to her doctors for proposing this bizarre but highly-effective treatment!
She says that the scales made her look like something from a sci-fi movie, but that she also “loved the treatment and would recommend it to anyone who has suffered like me.”
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