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Burn victim Natálka’s state of health deteriorating, critical once again

Ostrava, 10.6.2009 22:49, (ROMEA)

Little Natálka from Vítkov, who suffered extensive burns during a recent arson attack on the home of a Romani family, has taken a turn for the worse. Tomáš Oborný, spokeperson for the Ostrava Teaching Hospital, confirmed her poor state of health to ČTK today.

"The child’s status is once again critical,” Oborný explained, adding that the deterioration was primarily due to her body’s reaction to such an extensive shock. "Until now her status was serious to very serious."

Little Natálka, who will turn two years old on Saturday, suffered the greatest injury during the fire. She suffered second and third-degree burns over 80 % of her body. She has already undergone many operations at the Ostrava Teaching Hospital and others are on the horizon. Doctors are gradually removing dead tissue from her body and doing their best to replace the tissue with skin grafts.

The still-unidentified arsonists attacked the home of the nine-member Roma family in the early morning hours of 19 April. They threw three Molotov cocktails into the house. Three people were injured during the subsequent blaze, two-year-old Natálka most seriously. Her mother and father also ended up in the care of the burn centre of the Ostrava Teaching Hospital. However, both of them were released for treatment at home some time ago.

ČTK, Gwendolyn Albert, ROMEA, ROMEA, ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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