Renato and his family couldn't afford gas for their stove, so they attempted to use fluid from paint to start a fire to make food. They used too much and it exploded. Renato and his aunt were both badly burned.


Renato initially lost his memory and was unconscious, but he has regained both. His aunt will be released from the hospital within the week. Unfortunately, Renato only has a 15% chance of regaining vision in his left eye, and will be in the hospital for at least a month for all the serious burns all over his body. 

The immediate needs that he has are mineral oil/medications, towels, soap, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, clothes (10 year old), extra large diapers, snacks, and toys to help keep him occupied for the next month.

Public hospitals in Brazil normally have quite a few patients per room, with each one having one person staying with them to care for them--often sleeping on the floor and going without food to do so. It is very hard to visit if you are not immediate family, so I doubt we will be able to visit Renato, but we would love to support those who are.

The biggest need that they have is for food for those caring for Renato. At the hosptial, only Renato is given food, but he doesn't want to be alone. His other aunt had been there with him since he was burned--and had't had any food until when our friends visited. Contact Rachel at amobrasil99@hotmail.com if you would like to help out in some way!