Patients

Patients

Over 500 Operatons since 2001

The placet doctors have operated over 500 times on more than 50 patients since 2001. The terror victims come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Kenya, Angola, Tajikistan and Mauritania.

The operations were successful in restoring the functions of mutilated limbs and reducing the consequences of disfiguring burns, defects and scars on the face and body.

Psychological Support

In addition to the operations, we support our patients with their psychological trauma. As the patients are only able to communicate in their own language, interpreters are hired to mediate between patients and doctors as well as other supporters and caregivers.

Comprehensive Support

The patients, often children, are accompanied by a family member. We give them everything they need to live: accommodation, food and drink, new clothes (especially in winter), plane tickets and all the medical essentials: Orthopaedic aids, medication, physiotherapy, bandages.

Once treatment is complete, patients return to their home countries. Some of the children remain in the SOS Children’s Village or the Peace Village until they are completely recovered. Here they they are cared for, go to school and learn the German language.

Stay I

Abdul came to us at the age of seven from Chechnya.

In January 2009, a mine exploded in his garden. The consequences were severe burns to the face, a considerable deformation of the auricle and a contracture in the wrist that impaired function.

He visited us with his mother in December 2009 and stayed for the first time in June 2010. Five face and hand surgeries took place and another stay was planned to further improve his situation.

Stay II:

In 2013 the upper part of the left ear was reconstructed by the first operation. During the next operation, the left thumb was freed from its scarring bondage and the thieves are treated shortly afterwards, the damage to the eye, mouth, neck and left hand was vastly improved.

He flew home satisfied and went straight back to school.

Abdul – Malik on Admittance

Just before his flight home with his mama, the lip has been recently operated on and swollen.

Abou

Abou, 28 Jahre alt, ist von Beruf Maurer und Rapper der Gruppe Haboobe e Baasal. Er stammt aus Mauretanien, einem nordwestlichen afrikanischen Staat am Atlantik. Seit der Unabhängigkeit 1960 kommt es dort wiederholt zu Unruhen zwischen Schwarzafrikanern und den arabisch-stämmigen Machthabern.

Abou war bei einer Demonstration, als Polizei Tränengasgranaten in die Menge schoß. Eine Granate traf Abou linke Hand und explodierte. Polizisten schlugen mit Schlagstöcken auf seine Beine.

Im Jahre 2012 wird Abou vier Mal von placet an seiner schwer verletzten Hand operiert. Seine Zähne werden saniert. Er erhält anschließend intensive Physio- und Ergotherapie.

Im Juli 2012 bricht er den Kontakt ab. Er ist wohl eigenständig nach Paris gefahren, um dort Asyl zu beantragen. Wir hören nichts mehr von ihm.

Hand bei Aufnahme

Hand bei seiner letzten Vorstellung bei uns

Angela

Angela ist 32 Jahre alt, Tierärztin und kommt aus Beslan in Tschetschenien.

Sie war mit ihrer Tochter zur Einschulung in dem Schulgebäude, in dem der Überfall und die Geiselnahme durch Terroristen stattfand. Sie wurde durch detonierende Bomben schwer verletzt. Die Tochter blieb verschont.

Nach der Befreiung wurde sie nach Moskau zur Behandlung geflogen.

Zu uns kommt sie im März 2005.

Zunächst diagnostizieren wir und stellen fest, dass der Oberarm-Schussbruch rechts stabil verheilt ist. Dort besteht eine schmierige Defektwunde.

Am Hals hat sie zwischen den Hauptgefässen mehrere metallische Fremdkörper.

Der M. deltoideus rechts ist denerviert, allerdings ohne Durchtrennung des versorgenden Nerven, des N. axillaris, der sich erholen wird.

Wir operieren sie zwei Mal: Wir entfernen die Granatsplitter aus dem Hals und versorgen die Wunde am Oberarm.

Die Patientin bei der Erstuntersuchung mit Dr. Spierer, Dr. Müller und Prof. Peter

In 2016, Twelve year old Begzod from Uzbekistan arrived to Placet via the peace village.

He had burns on the right arm, the right shoulder, the right chest and the right foot with corresponding functional difficulties.

We started treatment in October 2016 and operated on him five times, he can now move everything again: his shoulder, his arm, his foot. He returned home in April 2017 in a good mood.

In between his operation and his flight home, he received a very special form of physiotherapy: boxing training in the Sauerland studios with Uli Wegener.

Begzod on Addmittance

After treatment of the contracture of the elbow

During boxing training with Ernestine von Salomon and the European Champion Ikram Kerwat in the Sauerland-Studios with Uli Wegner

Damirjon is eight years old and originates from Tajikistan. He suffered facial burns, particularity to the eyelids, nose and mouth and both hands.

We started treating him in July 2019. In the first operation we treated the right lower eyelid, the mouth and the scars on the face.

Picture: The face prior to Operation – the right eye cannot be closed
the nose is scarred, the mouth can hardly be opened.

Picture: The hands prior to operation – the fingers are in
flexible and warped, with limbs missing.

Dzhumaev was born on 03.07.2002 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. In 2012 he was severely burned at the neck by a gasoline deflagration, but did not get any necessary treatment at the time, although he lay there in the hospital for 2 months.

In March 2014 he came to placet through Friedensdorf and a few days later received an operation in which the scarred contractures on the neck were treated by resection of the scars and coverage of the resulting defect with dermis replacement and split skin. His neck and head mobility has improved significantly.

On arrival in Berlin

Six weeks after the procedure

In 2007 Fahima, then 5 years old, traveled from a village in northern Afghanistan to placet in Berlin. Six months earlier, a fire at her parents’ home had left her with severe burns of 60% of her body surface, resulting in large, disfiguring and severely functional scars all over her body and open infected wounds on her right arm and right leg.  Both knee and hip joints were so bent by the scars that Fahima could neither stand nor walk. Likewise, the right arm and right hand were not functional. The face was scarred all over.

After many operations in 2007, intensive care, extensive physiotherapy and countless consultations with all those involved in the healing process, Fahima was able to walk up to 20 steps alone with the help of special rails.

In April 2008 Fahima was admitted into a pen for children in Berlin. There she recovered, had lessons, physiotherapy and learned to integrate into a social structure.

In July 2008, Fahima was operated on again at the Westend Clinic to remove the contracture of the right elbow.

In 2009 Fahima received physiotherapeutic treatment. An external fixator was applied to her right wrist to slowly expand the contracture there.

In 2013 Fahima was operated again after a long hiatus, as the fingers and thumb of the right hand were barely functional. After a successful hand surgery, the fingers are mobilized by regular physiotherapy.

During her stays on the children’s ward in the Westend Clinic, she was always looked after lovingly  by the nurses.

She has been playing the violin and taking lessons since 2015. She now lives with a highly committed placet employee.

In 2016 she went to grammar school.

In February 2017 we examined her hands again, the function of both hands was improved by operations in July 2017 and July 2018, as well as the stretch ability of both knees. In the face the scars became less conspicuous through medical needling. Currently, she has undergone 29 operations.

Before our treatment: Fahima is very weakened, she is unable to move her right arm and hand.

Before our treatment: The right leg: she cannot sit, stand or walk. The thigh has an infected ulcer.

2009: Enrollment

2015 violin lessons

2018: A beautiful young lady!

Hamad comes from the Kurdish part of Iraq.

Hamad did not want to marry the man arranged for her by her family, in 2007 her uncle poured gasoline over her, set her on fire and mutilated her. She was also tortured and shot in a fake shooting. After treatments in Iraq, she finally escaped to her brother in Mainz in 2011.

He referred her to us.

In August 2012 we saw a completely disturbed and depressed young woman. She hid her face and hands and is completely dependent on other people due to the mutilation of her hands and cannot do the basic things of self-sufficiency: Dressing, undressing, eating, body care.

Face, ears and hands were severely damaged, hands function less. Arms, upper body and thighs were scarred.

We started treatment on them and operated four times on the face and both hands between October 2012 and February 2013.

Since then the patient has taken out insurance in Germany and would like to continue being cared for near her place of residence, she goes to the BG Clinic in Ludwigshafen for further treatment.

Hamad at her first consultation in Berlin

Jeremias, 9 years old, comes from Angola.

He was referred to us via the Peace Village. After being burned as a result of armed conflict, he had severe scars on his left arm and left hand. As a result, his left upper extremity was unusable.

We treated him between January and April 2015 at the Emil von Behring Clinic and operated on him three times.

At the end of March, he found himself in a state of mental emergency characterized by auto aggression, xenophobia and a post-traumatic psycho syndrome. We therefore took him to the Bethanien hospital in Moers, near the Peace Village, where he could be visited by his friends.

This improved his psychological situation. The plastic surgeons continue the treatment and help him further.

The patient at admission

Ten-year-old Lurdes comes from Angola. Friedensdorf International brought her to Germany.

In her infancy, she suffered severe burns to the left side of her head, left hand and parts of her body: she is blind in the left eye, the eyelids on the left are destroyed, the left face is scarred, the mouth is distorted, the scalp is scarred, the hair roots are destroyed and the left hand is deformed into a clumping hand with a corresponding dysfunction.

We operated on her nine times between May 2015 and July 2016:

Upper and lower eyelids as well as the lower lip were reconstructed. The left hand was operated on several times: The thumb was released, the long fingers were released and the finger bones were brought into the correct position.

An adapted rail stabilizes the result.

The left eye cannot be restored. The scorched scalp is so badly scarred that a transplantation is not possible.

In August 2016, she flew back to her home country significantly improved and satisfied.

On admittance

Shortly before her return flight.

The left hand when admitted: An undifferentiated mass

The left hand shortly before her return flight

Stay I:

Madina was hit by rockets during the war in Chechnya in September 2004 and was seriously injured. She was pre-treated at home and in Moscow.

In March 2007 she was referred to us via the German-Caucasian Society.

Both hands were functionally restricted.

The arms were scarred, along with the left ear, the left face and the region of the ankle joints.

Together with her mother, who was also treated by us, they were admitted between March and August 2007 and were operated on seven times.

The scars were reduced by removal and flap plastic surgery, the left hand function was improved with a radial flap.

Stay II:

She was admitted again together with her mother from January to April 2009 and was operated on three times with the laser.

They both flew back happy and content.

On admittance

After our treatment. The scars are fresh and therefore more visible.

Farewell: Prof. Peter, Maret (her mother), Madina, Dr. Spierer

Marha was born on 23.12.1995 in Grozny, Chechnya.

In 1999, when she was 4 years old, her face and neck were seriously injured by a bomb. She suffered burns and open wounds from splinters. Her vision was also reduced in the right eye.

In 2003 she came to Germany together with her parents and her little brother. Her father was politically persecuted and the family was granted asylum.

She was referred to placet at the age of eight.

We started the treatment in 2004. First we performed several surgeries on the right side of the neck due to splinters and arterial injury.

Since 2006, Marha has undergone six plastic surgery operations, including hair transplantation and lower lip correction. To this day Marha regularly receives laser treatments to improve the scars.

In 2015 she passed her degree: an impressive achievement in her prehistory!

She is now studying

on Admittance

So far so good!

Mohamad, born on 31.12.2006, was referred to placet via the peace village. He was seriously injured by an explosion in his home country of Afghanistan and suffered severe burns to his face, hands, feet and torso. The nose was mutilated, its entrances almost completely closed. Both drumheads were destroyed by the blast trauma and severe infections of the upper airways and the auditory canals were the result. Mohamad could also not walk properly and could not grasp things with his hands.

He was operated on twelve times during his one-year stay in Berlin from September 2013 to September 2014. The eardrums and auditory canals were renovated and the nose was reconstructed so he can now breathe unhindered. The distortion of all the toes was eliminated, so he can now walk properly again, with the help of orthopaedic shoes.

He returned to his homeland and should come back to us for further restoration, especially to improve the hand function. The family believes, however, that the overall result of our work is so good that no further surgeries are necessary.

Condition on admittance

his toes

After our treatments:

His nose and lips have been operated on

His toes too …

At home:

with his Father.

When writing …

Magomed Musaev is four years old and came to us from Chechnya, he was referred to us by the German-Caucasian Society.

He arrived with his mother in Berlin in October 2010.

During the war, he was electrocuted in a house damaged by bombing.

The resulting injuries were to the right hand, part of the joints and skin were also damaged. As a result, he was handicapped as a right-handed person. Everyday tasks were hardly possible for him.

We operated five times and, together with physiotherapy and ergotherapy in Mrs Stapel’s manufactory, significantly improved the function of the hand.

In February 2011 mother and son flew back satisfied.

How he was admitted

Change of dressing with his mom, Prof. Peter and Prof. Plogmeier

Nurzana is six years old and comes from Kyrgyzstan and was referred to us by the peace village. She suffered with severe burns on her stomach, back, genitals and anus. In addition, she had a scar contracture in the left knee and a shortening of the Achilles tendon with pointed foot, she could not walk properly.

We started treatment in April 2017 at the Emil von Behring Clinic and operated on her six times. The partial removal of the scars, flap plastics, skin transplants and medical needling significantly improved the situation. The Achilles tendon was lengthened so that she could walk properly again, eight ailing teeth are also restored.

She left us in March 2018 happier and much healthier.

She came to us with burnt legs and shortened Achilles tendon.

After the surgery, the foot has full ground contact.

Dr. Bickmann restored the teeth

With Fabiane, her guardian.

Parween came to us from Baghdad in August 2005. She was accompanied by her brother, who has lived in Germany for decades and is an engine engineer at Rolls Royce.

Parween was arrested in 1994 by Saddam Hussein’s henchmen and hung by her hands, ever since she has suffered from severe right-hand complaints.

We operated on her twice. The main nerve of the hand, the median nerve, was clearly narrowed from the inside and outside. The scars were removed under the microscope and the integrity of the nerve was reconstructed.

The discomfort is gone.

Stay I:

Rayhana is ten years old and comes from Kazakhstan, she was referred to us via The Peace Village.

As a small child she suffered severe burns to both legs, as a result, her lower legs and feet were grotesquely warped: The right lower leg and foot were twisted by 90 degrees to the side, the left one looked completely backwards, i.e. they are twisted by 180 degrees. There was also a contracting scar along the entire length of the left hind leg.

Rayhana was seen in several German clinics and they all saw no possibility of improvement with this extent of the deformity. We wanted to help the girl and accepted the challenge.

She received two microvascular flaps, various challenging adjustments of the lower leg and foot bones, local flaps and tendons – operations. Dr. Anja Helmers, Chief Physician of the Children’s Orthopaedics Department at the Spandau Waldkrankenhaus, has taken over the orthopaedic care and thus an essential part of the treatment. We thank her very much for this!

The firmness of the bones was reduced due to the absence of load and inadequate treatment at home caused by the injury. This made the therapy more difficult. We countered this with medication and physiotherapy.

We also provided the patient with custom-made shoes, special splints and a wheelchair.

We completed the first stage of treatment in February 2019. So far, the malposition, i.e. the external rotation, has been reduced to 45 degrees on the right and 30 degrees on the left.

She will come back in 2020 to be treated further.

This is how she was admitted: The right foot stands 90 degrees to the side, the left foot stands completely backwards, i.e. together with the lower leg it is twisted by 180 degrees.

That’s how it looks after a lot of surgeries.

With Christian Heisig from FriedensdorfOPs.

With special splint for the left leg and walker

Ruslan comes from Chechnya and suffered burns to both hands during armed conflicts.

We operated on him in April 2012 at Westend Hospital.

Since then he got insurance so placet no longer needs to treat, the Emil von Behring Clinic takes over the further therapy.

Said-Magomed is six years old, came to us from Chechnya together with his mother via the German-Caucasian Society.

In November 2005 his house was shot at with rockets and caught fire. He suffered burns along with his sister, his father died of a heart attack not long afterwards.

He had unstable burn scars on both hands with bondage and flexion contractures of the fingers.

In the year 2007 we operated on it twice and improved the hand function.

On his arrival

Yles comes from a village 10 kilometres from Groszny, Chechnya, and was transferred by Unicef to placet on the 10.06.2008.

Yles was seriously injured on 05.05.2006 in a cow pasture by an exploding mine in the face and body. His left ear was torn off, his face was disfigured by large scars, also thorax and abdomen have severe damages.

Between June and November 2008 Yles was operated on 6 times at the DRK-Klinikum Westend. The placet surgeons, with the help of Dr. Helmut Fischer from Stuttgart (many thanks!), completely reconstructed the left ear, implanted a tissue expander to expand intact tissue into the large thoracic scar and performed a scar excision on both thighs. The large wound on the neck was closed with a flap plastic.

The inspection on November 22 shows that all wounds have healed well. Yles can travel home accompanied by his father.

The left ear is missing in large parts.

We reconstructed it.

With his father and Prof. Peter

Zabita came to us at the age of eleven from a small village near Ghazni, Afghanistan. She suffered burns to her face, neck, both hands and stomach.

She was with us from April to August 2011.

We operated on her five times and repaired her teeth. Physiotherapy and physiotherapy have additionally improved the function of the hands.

The left hand when admitted

… and upon her discharge.

Aqil is from Kabul and was 9 years old when Friedensdorf International brought him to Germany in 2005. Three years earlier he had been injured by the Taliban with incendiary bombs.

Unfortunately, he was not treated in his homeland which led to extensive, thick burn scars on his lower jaw, neck, shoulder and chest, which prevented him from turning his head completely and lifting his arm.

Aqil was extensively operated on by placet 6 times in the Westend Clinic. After four and a half months he began his journey back home in August 2005. His immobile right arm is now fully functional and he can move his head, which he could not turn before. His scars have also healed nicely.

Aquil in the garden of the Westend Clinic

Maximum arm lift before treatment

Maximum arm lift after treatment

Good bye!

Bislan, 22 years old, was seriously injured in an arson attack in his home town of Valerik in Chechnya. His mother, who ran into the fire several times to save her six children, died as a result of her burns.

Bislan’s hands had swimming-skins between his fingers due to the burn, a crooked little finger on the right and flat scars.

We operated on him twice between April and September 2012.

As a result, Bislan’s hands became functional again but has to wear compression gloves, which he received free of charge from the Orthopädisches Fachzentrum Berlin.

The hands at admittance

The right hand after deepening the interfinger folds

Dilbar originated from Uzbekistan and had a severe infection on the right lower eyelid and cheek, which was insufficiently treated due to localised factors and as a result, she could not close her eye.

She first visited us in December 2019 and stayed until February 2020 where we operated on her twice.

We lifted the lower eyelid by generous mobilization of the mid face with bony fixation at the edge of the orbit but unfortunately we could not completely remove the dark skin transplanted at home as the skin was too young for this, i.e. the tissue was youthful, firm and tight.

Together with camouflage, which covers the dark skin, we have been able to improve the condition greatly.

When she’s older, she’ll come back to us for further treatment.

Picture: Before Treatment

Picture: After the last operation without camouflage

Eskirkhan, 17 years old, originating from Grozny, Chechnya via the German-Caucasian Society with his mother suffered from the consequences of a mine explosion in 2002.

We first saw Eskirkhan in March 2014 with the following complaints:

The left half of the face was scarred, the mouth only opened slightly and the outer edge of the left ear was missing, the lobule is warped.

The neck, chest and forearms were scarred over the entire surface.

The left hand was functionally limited.

We operated on him five times in September 2014, among other things his neck was restored with a dermis replacement using his own skin.

Eskirkhan on his arrival in Berlin

At the end of the treatment with his mother.

Gulsanahm is 10 years old and comes from Uzbekistan. At the young age of one, she suffered severe burns.

She was referred to us via the Peace Village, we first saw her in October 2014.

The face was burned flat, the upper and lower eyelids on the left were scarred and the eye could not be closed.

The nose was twisted, their entrances almost closed. The left ear was damaged and both hands were impaired.

We have operated on her four times. She returned home in October 2015.

She was supposed to return to Berlin within the year to treat her nose, but she didn’t.

On admittance

Two weeks after eyelid correction

Jelson was 9 years old, when he came to visit us for the first time from Angola, referred to us via the peace village.

He suffered burns all over his body, the consequences of which were most severe on the left hand. So, on 12.6.2019 he received a micro vascular ALT flap on the back of his left hand which improved the hand function significantly.

Jelson was treated for the first time within the framework of a new cooperation at the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen, which we were really excited about!!!!

Private lecturer Dr. Daniel Tillkorn initiated this, took care of everything and operated on little Jelson with great support from Associate Professor. Dr. Jörg Hauser.

Many Thanks!

Picture: Before the operation

Picture: Directly after the procedure with the micro vascular flap

Picture: On Station with PD Dr. Hauser and PD Dr. Tilkorn

Joseph comes to us via the Treatment Centre for Torture Victims from Uganda where he was persecuted.

As a result of a shell splinter injury, he had a conspicuous, physically and emotionally stigmatizing scar of the glabella and forehead.

He was referred to us in October 2005 and was operated on three times up to October 2006. We made the scar much less conspicuous and created a situation with which he can live well and helped to erase the memory of the event.

First Stay

Lurdes was five years old when, in March 2015, she suffered severe burns which were partially treated at home. In 2017 she visited us, via Angola, with a referral from the peace village.

She was severely disfigured and disabled by the scars caused by the burn. The face was warped, the neck scars pulled the head down and the chest was transformed into a shell. The entire left upper extremity including the hand was rigid and suffered with loss of function and the right shoulder was scarred.

She first visited us between February and September 2017, during this time we operated on her eight times at the Martin Luther Hospital and Westend Clinic .

She received a pedunculated parascapular lobe at the neck, a pedunculated latissimus dorsi lobe in the left axilla, corrections of the lower jaw and corner of the mouth and the lower lip. We also greatly increased the function of her hand.

The biceps tendon in the left elbow was also lengthened, the large nerves (N. medianus and N. ulnaris) were microsurgically exposed and removed from their scars and the resulting defect was closed with a microvascular ALT flap

A further stay was required.

Second Stay

She returned to us in November 2018, unfortunately since her skin was contaminated with MRSA, she had to undergo a lengthy pre-treatment.

In March 2019, the function and form of the left hand was improved in the Martin Luther Hospital. The contracting scars of the back of the hand were excised and the extensor tendons were mobilized. An arthrolysis of the basic joints of fingers 4 and 5. also took place.

The resulting defect was covered with a microvascular ALT flap from the left thigh. At the same time the scar of the left axilla was removed and covered with full skin from the left groin.

The next procedure improved the mobility of the neck and scar traction on the neck and face with a parascapular flap

November 2019

In November 2019 she flew back home after a total of eleven complex operations, function and appearance of the face, neck, arm and hand were all significantly improved.

Before the Treatment

Admittance for Stay I

Admittance for Stay II

Admittance for Stay III

Admittance for Stay IV

After the Treatment

Stay I:

Maret was referred to us via the German-Caucasian Society to accompany her daughter Madina who had both received injuries

In November 2005 she was fired upon from the air by helicopters as she was on her way to Moscow to visit her daughter, who was hospitalized at the time. She did not receive treatment for her injuries.

When they were admitted to Berlin, both hands were hardly functional due to the injuries. The skin was dry and torn, including on the forearms.

In the face her forehead, cheeks and nose were scarred flatly.

Between March and August 2007 we operated three times, she then flew back with her daughter.

Stay II:

The second time she was admitted with her daughter from January to April 2009 and was operated on twice to her hand.

On Admittance

On discharge: form and function are improved.

Stay I:

Mawjgul was born in Afghanistan in 1994 and lived with her family in Kabul. She has five siblings, four older brothers and one younger sister. As a baby, she suffered severe burns and mutilations in her face during a rocket attack. Her nose was mostly destroyed and she could not breathe. The eyelids of the right eye were damaged and the cheeks were  also scarred, the mouth was warped, the upper lip was turned outwards.

She came to placet via Friedensdorf in March 2004.

We operated on her twelve times, using laser treatments to complement the therapy.

The nose was reconstructed with a forehead lobe, which gave it air again. Eyelids and mouth were restored.

We had to stop the treatment prematurely because she wanted to go home due to mental instability. We would have liked to have further improved the form and function of the nose.

She flew back in August 2004.

Stay II:

In August 2005 she returned, she was very quiet, almost scared. We took great care of her, especially her psyche, and operated on her five times.

Nose and eyebrows were treated.

Before the operations

That’s how she returned after the first stay. 

Make up at René Koch’s. Thank you René Koch!

The little five-year-old Mohammad came from the province of Ghazni, in the Taliban-occupied territory of Afghanistan. Friedensdorf International brought him to Germany and referred him to us in June 2016.

His two feet were severely scarred due to a burn and were pulled into a malposition so that he could hardly walk.

He needed seven surgeries, orthopaedic made-to-measure shoes and physiotherapy.

During the operations we used shark collagen to replace the dermis.

In January 2017, he returned home on foot.

That’s how he was admitted:  All the toes and the right foot as a whole are pulled up resulting in difficulty walking

After the procedures: Everything is where it belongs

In the Westend Clinic with Nurse Winnie

Nawid was born in 1993 in Kabul, Afghanistan, he lived there with his parents and four siblings. In 2003 he came to Germany and a short time later to placet via Friedensdorf Oberhausen.

He suffered from severe burns of about 20% of his body surface. In Iran, he had undergone eye surgery two years earlier. placet performed nine operations on him between October 2003 and February 2004.

The neck contour and the reclination ability of the head was restored, scar prominence on the chest, shoulders and arms were significantly reduced. After removal of the scarring on the right cheek, the eyelid could be closed completely.

During his stay with us, he received a prominent visit from the Afghan ambassador.

On departure to his home in February 2004, Nawid was cheerful, laughed and joked. He now speaks excellent German.

How he was admitted.

After our treatment:

He’s number one!

Everything’s fine!

Visit of the Afghan ambassador.

At the age of 13, Otto was seriously injured as a child soldier during the war in northern Uganda that had been going on for 20 years. A bullet pierced his head from behind, shredding his nose and parts of his face. The nasal septum, bony border of the right eye socket and left middle ear were completely destroyed. Respiration was also impaired.

Three operations in Nairobi, where Otto lived for 3 years in the SOS Children’s Village, were not particularly successful .

In November 2005 he came to Berlin and was admitted into the care of placet. One month later he was operated on for the first time in the DRK-Klinikum Westend. In a further seven surgeries, which extended over a period of eight months, we succeed in reconstructing Otto’s nose and largely correcting the facial deformities.

With new self-confidence, Otto started his journey home to Africa in July 2006 accompanied by a companion. Within the framework of the SOS structures he will continue to go to school there and later start training as an electrical engineer.

Dr. Helmut Fischer from Stuttgart has provided us with considerable support in restoring the nose. We thank him for this.

on Admittance

With a new nose and a new look: Cool!

Back home in the SOS Children’s Village

Raghad is a bank clerk and mother of two children in Baghdad, she was seriously injured in an arson attack outside her house on 03.11.2010. A religious fanatic exploded a petrol barrel with a Molotov cocktail, the flames burned her face, upper body, arms and hands.

As there were no special departments for burn injuries in Iraqi hospitals, the family sold all their belongings to finance a transport to Germany. On 29.12.2010 Raghad was brought to Berlin on a special medical flight and arrived more dead than alive.

In the burn centre of the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) intensive medical, life-saving measures (skin transplants on back and breast) were carried out, 50 percent of the body surface was open.

On 16.02.2011 placet took over the further treatment of the severe burn injury.

In the DRK Clinic Westend and the Behring Clinic we performed 36 operations to restore a human face to Raghad, to improve her vision (she was blinded by the attack, a corneal transplant made her see better), to repair the severe defects on the ventral thorax, to dissolve the contractures on the limbs, to close the extensive burns. Among other things, she received two microvascular flaps at the neck to dissolve the scarring fixation of the head to the trunk. Also a number of other therapeutic measures were and are necessary to make Raghad viable again: special glasses, physiotherapy, epitheses (see below) for the burned ears, splints, etc.

On 17.07.2013, Raghad’s family, who had taken care of her during the whole treatment period, filed an application for asylum. She leaves the placet accommodation to move into her own apartment.

The patient received new ears in the form of epitheses in 2015 as they were completely destroyed on both sides by the attack. The ears of her sister Mays served as a model, impressions were made and these were shaped, adapted and fixed in a complex procedure for Raghad. The project was financed by the Losito Kressmann-Zschach – Foundation and made possible by the Institute for Anaplastology in Potsdam: Daniela Hering. Thank you very much!

At the end of 2015, we started reconstructing her nose. It was reconstructed from tissue from the forehead (an expander created the necessary excess) and cartilage from the ribs. This four-step project was completed in 2016.

In 2017 and 2018 we corrected the neck, left hand and nose.

Further procedures will follow.

How she arrived from Berlin Burn Unit

After many many operations

Together with her sister Mays, who lovingly looks after her

Stay I:

Rayyan is seven years old and came to us for the first time with her mother via the German-Caucasian Society in August 2007.

On 1.9.2004 a Russian bomb hit her house, luckily the father rescued the child from the flames. Immediately after the accident she was treated for 3 months in the incineration department of the Groszny hospital. In 2006 she underwent two local surgeries by doctors courtesy of the organization “Doctors without Borders”.

At their admittance, the following findings were found:

  • Flat prominent scars on the face.
  • Scarred upper and lower lip.
  • Eyebrow right absent. Right eye difficult to close.
  • Left ear: Helix anterior absent. Apostasis due to scarred distortion. Lobulus fixed and distorted.
  • Right ear: Lobulus fixed and distorted
  • Left arm: Flat scars. Functions properly.
  • Left hand: Dorsal flat scars. Functions properly.
  • Right wrist: Flat scars, regular function
  • Breast: Flat contracting prominent scar left > right. Breast growth will be impaired.

We operated eight times: on the left ear, on the right wrist, on the chest, on the lower lip, on the left arm.

In December she flew back home.

Stay II:

The second time she was with us from January to June 2009.

Lower lip, chin and chest were treated.

Stay III:

The third stay lasts from July to August 2010.

Ear, chest and left arm are corrected, Dr. Finner transplants her hair.

Stay IV:

This time we operated twice on the breast between August and December 2011.

Stay V:

This is Rayan’s fifth visit with her mother. She is now 18 years old, has graduated from high school and is studying German and English.

Both arrived in October 2018 and stayed until January 2019.

This time the face and chest were corrected

We’ve operated on her three times:

  • The scars on the face were treated with medical needling.
  • The position and shape of the earlobes have been improved.
  • We surgically corrected the bulging and warped lips and inserted skin grafts.
  • We corrected the shape of the barely developed and warped breast, narrowed the scars and increased the volume with her own fat.

We’ll keep in touch.

How she was admitted

That’s what she looks like now.

Rustam was injured in a terrorist attack on a school in Beslan in Chechnya in 2004, a burning roof fell on him.

He was first treated in Rastov on the Don and in Israel and came to us with his mother via the German-Caucasian Society.

Upon his arrival in Berlin in 2005, the following picture was taken:

Flat hypertrophic scars right upper arm, shoulder. Elevation of the right arm severely limited by scar traction. Flat, non-hypertrophic scars on the right back with dyspigmentation. Flat hypertrophic scars right knee lateral. Endgradely limited stretching of the right knee due to scar traction. Flat scar right ankle joint.

We operated on him twice and significantly reduced the number of scars.

with his mother

Sawita is 11 years old and came to us from near Kunduz, Afghanistan, in 2012.

In 2009 she suffered previously untreated scalds of the face, hands and forearms, in particular:

Flat dyspigmented scars of the right half of the face. Scar-related extensive alopecia temporally right. Scarred ectropion of the right lower eyelid. Scarred everting distortion of the right upper lip.

On the right hand: Narrow fixation of the fingers 3 to 5 in flexion position with fixation of the end joints in the palm of the hand. Scarred syndactyly of the fingers 3 to 5 up to the middle joints.

We operated on her five times and she happily returned home to her family.

The hand with fixed contractures of the fingers 3 to 5

After our procedures, the fingers are straight.

Back home with her father. Both are happy.

In Odessa, Yuliya had petrol poured on to her by the Mafia and then set on fire. This resulted in life-threatening injuries: grotesque disfigurement of the face, partial loss of the ears, distortion of the chest and neck, contractures and loss of function of both hands. The first life-saving measures were carried out in Odessa. Then the parish of Odessa and a private person from Aschaffenburg established the contact to placet.

From January to April 2003 Yuliya was operated on 10 times by five plastic surgeons in the DRK-Klinikum Westend. Skin transplants and tissue stretching were performed. Lips, nose tip and left ear were reconstructed, webbed hands removed.

When not being operated on, Yuliya was privately accommodated and intensively cared for. The mobility of the hands restored by the operations was further improved by physiotherapy.

On April 28, 2003 Yuliya was able to fly home to Odessa..

How she arrived

… and how she left after three months …

At the make up station with René Koch.

She sent us this picture in 2009.

Stay I

Zemfira was seriously injured in a terrorist attack by Islamists on a school in Beslan in September 2004. As she was taking her son to school she was caught in a booby trap and suffered injuries to her head, chest, abdomen and pelvis. She also developed a post-traumatic psychosyndrome.

She came to us for the head injuries. There was a scar on the left cheek, the left jaw was destroyed and five teeth were missing.

We treated them together with Dr. Gnauert and Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael Stiller: The jaw was built up and implants were placed.

Besides the surgeries, we took care of her psyche.

Stay II

The second stay lasted from February to October 200 where the orthodontic and dental treatment were completed.

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