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What are burn contractures?

Burn contractures are mature, thick scars formed after sustaining a second or third-degree burn. When left untreated, the tissue tightens and contracts, limiting mobility in the affected limb.

What issues do children with burn contractures face?


Depending on where the scar tissue is located, children may have difficulty dressing, eating, walking, or playing.


Children can experience discrimination because of their visible scarring, leading to poor self-confidence.


When children are limited physically and excluded from community life, they lack opportunities for a hopeful, successful future.

How does surgery change a
child’s life?

  • Mobility can be restored as tight, painful scarring is released.
  • Children can walk, play, and regain independence, confidence–and hope!
  • Completing school becomes possible, leading to stability and new opportunities.
surgery in CURE hospital

Miracles happen every day at CURE Children’s Hospital of Ethiopia


After Nayali sustained painful burns in a house fire, her parents sought help from several hospitals. Turned away each time, they finally found a warm welcome–and healing for Nayali–at CURE Ethiopia. After successful surgery, she is ready to achieve her goal of attending school like her brothers!


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CURE Ethiopia provides physical, emotional, and spiritual care to children living with treatable disabilities. Please contact us if you have questions about becoming a patient or a partner with CURE.

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