Posted on March 5, 2019
The Scar Free Foundation centre for conflict wound research is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The Duke of Sussex, himself an Afghanistan veteran, has dedicated much of his time to working for and with people injured serving their country.
The centre is a world-first, researching combat wounds and developing new ways to treat reduce their effects. In the laboratory the Prince was shown a new battle-ready dressing. The gel used contains a protein which can significantly reduce scarring on a new wound.
As well as trying to prevent scarring, the project is also working to correct historic scars using laser therapy. The researchers want to produce the first reliable data about its effectiveness. The Prince was shown some of the evidence and talked to veteran Karl Hinett, who has received the laser therapy for major scarring from a petrol bomb attack in Iraq.
He said: “We were showing Prince Harry how it works from my own personal experiences. It is a form of treatment that is… I had never heard of it until a few years ago, but the results were instant. They were incredible. I think he [Prince Harry] was just as surprised as anyone else really, because no one has really heard of it. For Prince Harry to come and support this work is incredible, because this study, this treatment is for future generations.”