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Realself Top 100 Castle Connolly Top Doc 2015

Child scarred in fire at home, recovers use of hand after surgery

Published on February 9, 2015 by

Homero Tseremp is 3 years old. He lives in the jungle with his family.

When he was 4 months old, Homero was alone when a fire broke out. Homero’s right hand and wrist are contracted due to burn scars. Homero underwent surgery on Nov. 19 and had his burn contracture corrected by Dr. Nichter.

Homero’s burn injury resulted in the loss of his little finger, and his hand was bent at a 45-degree angle. His ring finger and the remaining small pieces of bone from his little finger had fused into his forearm. He was unable to bend his wrist or use his hand.

Dr. Nichter was able to straighten Homero’s arm and save his fingers during corrective surgery. Homero will have the use of his arm and hand.

— Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS — Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS