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Oct 13, 2016

Fire Victims Stabilized, but Have Long Road to Recovery Ahead

Yvette Burks

It has been six days since Ian and Empress Hamilton and their mother Melissa left Belize for Galveston, Texas, for an urgent series of surgeries to repair up to ninety-five percent of the bodies which were severely burned in an act of arson committed on October fourth. Since then, they have been under the knife for multiple surgeries to graft skin over their many wounds. While the speedy exit from Belize is to their benefit, Yvette Burks of the Burn Victim Mercy Fund says they are not nearly out of the woods yet.


Yvette Burks, Burn Victim Mercy Fund

“The children have already undergone surgeries with the recovering of the skin, already going on now. The primary thing that is done is that they try to use skin from the patient. In this case because the children are so severely burned, they’re limited how much of their skin will be available use; so they will use what they can from them and then they will also have to use cadaver, donor skins to cover the burned area. Both children have already undergone surgeries for this, and will continue to have these surgeries done. But it’s a lengthy process of course and during this time, even though the actual infection is being kept at bay now that they are in a facility such as the Shriner’s Burns Unit for Children, we do have the concern of the overload of the kidneys. So, most burn patients end up having to be maintained on dialysis, sometimes extendedly, during this acute period, because honestly, their little bodies just can’t take it; there are too many impurities entering their system due to the burn injury. No, all the injuries, definitely not passed. Please, the praying public, continue to pray for these children; continue to pray for the families; it is imperative that you keep them in your prayers. Because with burn injuries, even with burn injuries that are less severe than this, sometimes it will take weeks or even months to be sure that the danger has passed. It is a tremendous strain on the system to be able to survive a burn injury. So the danger hasn’t passed, but it is looking optimistic in that they’re there now, they have been stabilized significantly; they are being cared for at the best facility.”


There will also be need for plastic surgery at a later time as well as continued therapy for both children and their caretakers to help them and those around them adjust to a new life.

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