Here is a link to my interview for ITV news click here to redirect to the ITV website and my feature
I have the honour of being an Ambassador for the Scar Free Foundation who have just changed their name from The Healing Foundation. The have an incredible dream which will change the face of the world.
What would the world be like if there wasn’t those moments in time where humans made a pioneering breakthrough?
What if man didn’t set sail into the unknown and discover new lands?
What if Edison gave up on creating the light bulb on his 1000th attempt? When Edison was asked why he persevered in making this “lightbulb” he said “I haven’t failed 1000 times, I have discovered 1000 ways how not to make a light bulb”!
This is one of those moments in time.
The Scar Free Foundation has pledged to achieve an unthinkable dream.
A world without scars in a generation.
Is it unthinkable? I say no, it has just never been thought of before. What an amazing ambition and benefits it will hold for our future generations.
Every scar tells a story. My face is the reason I share my story and the scars are very telling. Every slice from the surgeons scalpel no matter how intricately and delicately they were made is something I will wear for the rest of my life. It seems unthinkable that very soon there will be “A world without scars”.
A world where a child can grow up as perfect as it was born, being free of insecurities and to be able to live a full and happy life.
Imagine someone who has been horrifically burned or injured in an accident making a full and complete recovery.
Scaring is not only the ones you can see, a large proportion of internal surgeries are made more complicated due to internal scaring, like liver transplants. 40 percent of problems from come from internal scaring.
The Problem of scarring
In the UK, around 10,000 people survive a serious burn every year with over 7,000 people being admitted for hospital treatment. Children under five are most affected and the most common burn is scalding.
– An estimated 30,000 people are seriously burned in the world every day
– of these, 95% occur in low to middle income countries and 75% affect children
– Over 6,000 people visit Accident and Emergency units with serious facial injuries, every week, in the UK
– A child is born with a cleft once every three minutes
– In the UK, approximately 1,200 children each year undergo surgery for initial cleft repair
– 90% of all cancers will be treated or diagnosed with surgery
– 25,000 mastectomies are performed in the UK every year
– 70,000 people living with Crohn’s disease will need a surgical repair
– In the UK, 4.8 million hospital admissions each year result in surgery
– There are 100 diabetic amputations of toes, feet or legs every week in the UK
– Over 1,000 members of the Armed Forces are estimated to have returned from the Afghanistan conflict with life-long scarring as a result of injury
– The care and treatment of hard to heal chronic wounds costs the NHS an estimated £3.1 billion every year
– Hot bath scalds in children cost the NHS more than £39.2 million a year with on-going annual care costs exceeding £6.1 million