Update: Boy Hero from Mae Surin Blaze Back at School

 | Mon 20 Jan 2014 14:36 ICT

CityNews – The young Karenni boy Chaa Nay Choo was one of the victims of the horrific blaze that swept through the Mae Surin Refugee Camp in Mae Hong Son on 22nd March 2013. He has been recovering from his terrible burns since then, and with the help of many generous donations from individuals and organizations, his condition has greatly improved.

Chaa with his grateful parents. (Photo provided by James Lenton.)

Chaa Nay Choo was a miracle survivor of the fire that ravaged the camp, leaving thousands homeless and killing over 40 refugees. The 15-year-old boy was selflessly trying to save others when he was critically burnt by the flames, and it is only with the help of life-saving medications and nutrients that he has lived to tell the tale.

Chaa has been through a very difficult ten months and several close calls, including an episode of cardiac arrest, as well as infections, flu, bedsores and numerous skin graft operations. Today, all his wounds have healed and he is back at school, although more skin grafts are planned for the future.

James Lenton, who previously provided a full story on Chaa Nay Choo for CityNews, says the following:

“Doctors from the International Rescue Committee continue to visit him regularly, ensuring he maintains a protein and vitamin rich diet, and keeps up with his physical rehabilitation schedule. He has also been happily attending school regularly. However, as he has some muscle contractures, he will need to undergo reconstructive surgery and skin grafts. His next appointment at the hospital in Chiang Mai will be in a few months, probably April.  We will keep you informed of the appointment date.”

To keep up with Chaa’s progress, follow this website. 

You can also see (graphic) photos from the terrible fire here. The public are encouraged to carry on donating and providing any vital items to the refugees who suffered through the fire.