Chandi Gupta, 13, who was burned when an oil lantern tipped from a high shelf and set fire to her dress, lies beneath a mosquito net on new bed sheets.  Dr. A.K. Pradan, who oversees the ward, said ideally bed sheets should be changed twice a day.  Here, they are changed once every three to five days by patients' families. The burn ward at the large government hospital in Varanasi, India is a desolate place. Apart from limited visits by one doctor and two nurses, families are left to care for the victims of dowry burnings and kerosene accidents. India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, ranks highest in the world for mortal flame burns.
Chandi Gupta, 13, who was burned when an oil lantern tipped from a high shelf and set fire to her dress, lies beneath a mosquito net on new bed sheets. Dr. A.K. Pradan, who oversees the ward, said ideally bed sheets should be changed twice a day. Here, they are changed once every three to five days by patients' families. The burn ward at the large government hospital in Varanasi, India is a desolate place. Apart from limited visits by one doctor and two nurses, families are left to care for...
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