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The Johannesburg School for Blind, Low Vision and Multiple Disability Children thanks Crawford Preparatory School, Lonehill for helping our little school to survive in November 2009.

Holes in the Head Surgery

Children of Fire in cooperation with the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital and Milpark, Netcare, is running a Calvarial Defect workshop from 30th November till 8th December 2009.

Dr Walter Künzi and Dr Merlin Guggenheim from Zurich University Hospital, Switzerland will be exchanging knowledge on the causes of holes in the head and ways of repairing such injury with the South African medical fraternity. One of the possible techniques which they will demonstrate involves harvesting ribs and grafting them across the bony deficit (the hole). A vital procedure to ensure the protection and safety of the brain.

In addition to surgery on calvarial defects, there will be a wide range of advanced surgery taking place on severely burned children.

If you are interested in attending lectures on 30th November 2009 or attending and participating in the operations taking place between the 1st and 7th December, please email firechildren@icon.co.za or phone 011 726 6529. Medical personnel have to provide a brief CV and their HPCSA registration number.

Alternatively if you know a child or even an adult who's got a hole in the head, please get in touch with Children of Fire.

Children with fourth-degree flame burns to the head in infancy are most likely to have holes in their skulls, but these holes can also occur when people survive electrocution, sometimes through birth defects, delay in the fontanelle closing, car crashes or other severe injury.

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