Saturday 17 April 2021

Gaza girl dons 3D-printed mask to heal burnt face

Since the launch of the project in April 2020, which has also been run in Jordan and Haiti, around 20 people have been fitted in Gaza, an enclave of two million Palestinians wedged between the Zionist regime, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea.

Eight-year-old Maram was severely burned a year ago in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nuseirat, in the central Gaza Strip, according to Daily mail.


The inferno, which local authorities said was caused by a gas leak, left 25 dead and dozens injured, and ravaged several shops.


Today, she and her mother, who was also seriously injured on the face and hands, wear transparent plastic masks developed by medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF).


The 3D-printed mask puts pressure on the face and advances the healing process, explains Firas Suergo, head of physiotherapy for MSF in Gaza.


The patient's face is copied using a 3D scanner, which then allows the printing of a customised plastic mask.


The fitted mask, with adjustable straps to hold onto the face, has to be worn for between six months and a year, depending on the severity of the lesions.

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