For over 15 years, I treat burn patients on a voluntary basis in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. It is my passion to give treatments to as many people who have suffered burns to ensure pain reduction and improve wound healing.
HoPe Foundation (www.stichtingHoPe.org) asked me to come to Peru to give my treatments in a burn center in the Hospital Regional del Cusco. The HoPe Foundation has been providing assistance to the burns department in the hospital in Cuzco for 20 years and this is one of the many projects that the HoPe Foundation supports.
Throughout my whole life I have seen a lot of different burn patients who have obtained my treatment. However I have never seen a same or similar situation as in the hospital in Cuzco. This situation was heartbreaking to see and could best be described as situation where people we’re exposed to inhuman conditions and circumstances. This degrading situation was the main reason to give 100% commitment to improve the situation in which these burn patients are subjected to. Because of a shortage and lack of primary medication including pain relief, good and sufficient cream on the burns etcetera, these burn patients were subjected to an agony. This is almost impossible for us to imagine. With my treatments I have been able to do a lot for the patients.
In addition to my treatments, which focuses on pain relief/reduction and rapid wound healing, I worked with the HoPe foundation to solve other problems that we encountered in the burn center, such as medical training and wound care. Partly thanks to the Maasstad hospital in Rotterdam, there has been conducted a lot of support to solve the most important problems in the hospital in Cuzco.
After multiple local doctors have seen the results of my treatment, I have been invited to pursue giving treatment in other relatable burn departments in hospitals in Lima. This invitation resulted in improved situations in several institutions related to burn patients like Instituto De Salud del Nino San Borja and Hospital Brena.
Doctors, nurses and especially patients are very grateful to me. I am currently being asked to to return to the hospitals to provide more people of my treatments. Due to a lack of donor skin they want to build a specified institute which enables patients to obtain donor skin easily, as this is one of the primary and most effective helping sources that would help burn patients with wound healing. This too is a project where I’m involved in.
On this website, I will share all my experiences to keep you informed about the developments and the results of the projects where I am part of.
I am very grateful that I am in the position to do this work. Although I am 100% motivated to continue this work, it is impossible for me to fully dedicate myself without any income. For this reason I ask my patients, if satisfied with the obtained treatment, to make a voluntary financial contribution. A contribution of € 25 would be appropriate to continue my work in developing countries. With a little amount of financial aid, burn patients can be provided with pain relief, very rapid wound healing and improvement of well-being.
Of course, every voluntary donation is extremely welcome.
If you want more information about my volunteer work, I can speak to you in person or by phone. I also give presentations on request.