Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Daleen | 2011/03/04



Hi Doctor,

My 6 year old daughter was scarred badly when glass exploded and cut the inside of her arm. I rushed her to hospital and had a terrible experience there, to the point where i actually laid a complaint against the hospital. They took 16 hours before she was admitted to theatre to have her arm stitched. All they did was clean the lacerations and bandaged her arm. During the night the cut accross her wrist oozed, but i was told that''s " normal" .

My question is this: is the reason she is so badly scarred because of the time in between the accident and the stitching (which was done by a plastic surgeon). We have to take her to another surgeon to have the scar tissue removed and be stitched again.

Expert's Reply



Your daughter really had a very bad experience at the hospital and nothing can excuse a 16 hour delay in attending to your daughter's severe injuries to her arm.This is an issue that you must pursue with the hospital. However the delay in stitching up her wounds may not be the real reason for her scarring.Fortunately after the long wait a plastic surgeon did the suturing of her wounds.The jagged cuts caused by the glass and the nature and depth of her wounds taken together with the possibility that she may be a child who forms keloid and is thus more liable to develop scar tissue after an operation may explain her scarring.

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