In 2012 we opened up our first Burn Care Gemach to residents of the Old City, run by Shifra, an oil fire burn victim, read her story here.
In Aug. 2012, Chaya Malka had a visit with “Pippie” the three-year-old burn victim from South Africa who has made front-page headlines because of a revolutionary skin transplant operation for which the skin was grown from her own cells in a laboratory in the U.S. It was the first time this procedure was performed in Africa. 80% of Pippie’s body was severely burned when a bottle of gel firelighter exploded while her father was lighting a braai on New Year’s Eve. Doctors initially gave the her a 10% chance of survival. She will wear pressure garments, which will help to protect the new skin from tearing and reduce the forming of raised scars, or keloids as soon as the top layer of skin has healed. She will have to wear them for 23 hours daily, until she has made satisfactory progress, up to 4-5 years.
“Meir, who was burnt on his hand and leg in January 2012. We, his family appreciates the financial help Chaya Malka Burn Foundation gave us in order to buy the elastic pressure garment for our one year old son. He had a skin graft on his hand and has to wear this suit for up to five years. Each suit cost 1,700 shekel ($460 USD) and he needs two simultaneously, and because he is growing he needs to be refitted about every 3 months for his new size. It cost around 20,000 Shekels ($5,400 USD) a year which is a lot of money for a young couple like us and we couldn’t have afforded it without help of the Chaya Malka Burn Foundation. Our insurance only covers $800 USD a year. Wondering how we would pay our bills put us under a lot of pressure. It pained us to have to ask
many organizations for support.”
We heard a lot about Mrs. Abramson from a burn expert in Jerusalem, where we able to get bandages and special healing creams with the support of the CMBF. Among all the organizations who we asked for help, they were the first organization that helped us in our desperation. This enabled us to purchase the lifesaving pressure garments. Thank God, our son has been wearing the suits for 6 months now and we see that the combination of the pressure suit and using the creams has really helped Meir’s skin to heal.
“We wanted to thank you, Mrs. Abramson and the Chaya Malka Burn Foundation, from all our heart. There are no words to express our gratitude for this amazing financial and emotional support.”
We have been helping 8 yr old, Chaya for quite some time. She suffered 27% 3rd degree burns. Chaya had hospital & private burn care after she climbed on a counter and as she jumped down, knocked over the Shabbos urn and the boiling water spilled on her.
Safety Tips for Channukah
- Remove curtains or any other flammable objects from the area
- around the menorah.
- Keep small children away from the menorahs. Place the
- menorah is on a non-flammable level surface.
- Ensure that you have working smoke alarms throughout your
- house. This is a good time to check the batteries.
- When cooking with hot oil, keep children away from the stove.
- Turn frying pan handles away from the edge of the stove and
- always try to use the back burners.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
Hatzolah (*1221) Suggests the Following Safety Rules
- Prepare a fire safety plan with escape routes.
- Each house MUST have a fire extinguisher.
- In the event of a burn, immediately place the affected limb under cool running water and call Hatzolah.
Baked Latkes Recipe
Baked latkes are delicious and safe to prepare.
- 4 tsp. olive oil
- 2 lbs. potatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 T. fresh dill or 1 tsp.
- dried dill
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
Place oven racks on the lowest and middle positions. Preheat oven to 450*F. In food processor, finely mince onion, garlic and dill, using S-blade. Then add potatoes, eggs, and 2 tsp. of oil. Add remaining ingredients and mix briefly.
*just note for latkas lite you can substitute zucchini for ½ of the amount of potatoes, and use whole wheat bread crumbs or oatmeal instead of flour.
Drop mixture by spoonful’s onto greased cookie sheet. Flatten latkes slightly and spray them with non-stick spray. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes, or until bottoms are nicely browned and crispy. Flip latkes. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes longer, or until brown.
Today, the Chaya Malka Burn Foundation helps Jewish burn patients in Israel and abroad by raising
money for costly treatments and helping them resume a normal life style. We network with people
globally, by directing burn patients to top burn experts, to facilitate the best and fastest healing.