07/08/09 128 W - + 13 - 11 Fireworks Survivor at Burn Center

Today's News & Observer reports on the recovery of the Ocracoke fireworks explosion survivor. Four others were killed, one instantly, two at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, and one at the UNC Hospital burn center. The article talks about the survivor's injuries, third-degree burns to arms and hands, along with treatment and therapy. The dangers of lung damage are also referenced, as the center is treating victims from the industrial explosions at ConAgra in Garner and the chicken plant in Robeson County. Both groups are battling lung damage. The center, which is it operating at capacity, also admitted two children over the weekend with severe burns from fireworks. Read the News & Observer article, or learn more about the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center.

One person can make a difference. As the center’s home page notes, the opening on Feb. 23, 1981, was the culmination of John Stackhouse’s one-man mission. He owned a Goldsboro electrical contracting company, and after several of his employees suffered severe electrical burns in the 1960s, he learned that North Carolina had no burn center. He determined to improve the state’s burn care quality, and pledged $40,000 of his own money. The Rural Electric Association board voted to match his contribution, as did the state association of volunteer firefighters. In 1973, the Goldsboro Jaycees started selling jars of jelly to help raise money. The state organization joined the effort and the first Jaycee Jelly Week was held in January 1974. State chapters raised nearly $150,000 by selling $1 jars of jelly. Stackhouse bought the first jar for $10,000. Source: http://www.med.unc.edu/burn
Legeros - 07/08/09 - 06:49

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