Seven-year-old burn victim Shaniya Persaud is recovering from her first phase of treatment at the Shriners Hospital, Galveston Texas in the United States and is now fully conscious.
The Rotary Club of Demerara informed the News Room that the little girl is now talking and will begin the next phase of her treatment in two weeks.
Doctors have already started some amount of physical therapy with little Shaniya.
The first phase of treatment included surgeries to remove dead tissues about her body.
Shaniya is being treated free of cost at what is said to be one of the best children’s medical facilities to treat burns.
Shaniya received second and third-degree burns to approximately 97.8% of her body when her North Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara house went up in flames at around 01:00hrs on August 5, while she was asleep.
The Rotary Club of Demerara in collaboration with a non-governmental organisation – Saving Hands Emergency Aid (SHEA) – successfully raised the necessary funds to evacuate the little girl.
The total cost for evacuation is about US$42,000.
Shaniya was medivac from the Georgetown Public Hospital on August 10 to the Cheddi Jagan International airport where she boarded a chartered flight to the US.
The brave little girl walked out of her burning house with her skin almost burnt off and her feet bleeding with cuts.