Maria Ines Candio, from Russas, Brazil, got her severe burns from a gas cooking explosion in a restaurant where worked. She received burns on her arms, neck, and some on her face.
Doctors surprisingly offered to treat her burnt skin with fish scales instead of using traditional medicine. This alternative treatment is first time in medical history, and Maria is the first ever patient to receive the method.
“Tilapia skin contains optimum levels of collagen type-one and high degrees of humidity, so it takes a long time to dry out. These are important characteristics known for healing burns and for providing patients with essential proteins,” said Dr. Edmar Maciel, one of the surgeons who developed the treatment.
“We discovered that Tilapia fish skin performs significantly better in the healing process by soothing and curing severe wounds caused by burns,” he added.
The fish scale undergoes an intensive process before putting in on the burnt skin. Its ‘fishy’ smell, muscle tissues, toxins, and any element which has the potential to transmit disease are removed. Then it will be stretched, laminated, and refrigerated for up to two years, in size of 10cm by 20cm.
“I was in absolute agony and desperate for anything to ease my suffering. I loved the treatment and would recommend it to anyone who has suffered like me,” Maria said.
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