Christian Cooper: Burn survivor, peer supporter, patient experience educator

Twenty-four-year-old Christian Cooper was driving home on Feb. 27, 2016, when a fire ignited in his car. The flames, which started on the floorboard of the passenger side, surprised and distracted Cooper, who was driving home on the interstate. “I ran off the road,” Cooper said. “The car hit a ravine and flipped on the […]
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Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America reconstruct the cheek of a woman injured from a dog attack

Visiting a house with pets may seem like an everyday occurrence, however, unfamiliarity between guests and pets can cause a lot of stress that may lead to defensive or aggressive behaviors for both parties. Greenville, SC, native Nicole Cantin experienced this firsthand when a first-time visit to a friend’s house in Georgia led to her […]
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Burn survivor gives back through annual fundraiser

In 2015 professional drag racer Lyle Barnett was severely burned after his engine caught on fire halfway down the track, trapping him inside with the flames until the car came to a rolling stop. Barnett was on fire for 28 seconds, leaving him with burns on about 15% of his body, including his airway and […]
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Virginia man thankful to BRCA burn surgeon for restoring function to his hand

Andrew Mahoney went in to have a routine carpal tunnel surgery when he made it known to the doctor that it was impossible to remove his wedding band due to the type of metal and the fit on his finger. Despite this, the surgery went on as planned until he was in the recovery room […]
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Seven-year-old burn survivor prays for the quick healing of burn patients everywhere

It was the middle of summer break for seven-year-old Tyneka White when an unexpected tragedy scarred her for life. “My niece was pulling the ramen noodles out of the microwave, and Tyneka bumped into her, not seeing her,” said Tyneka’s mom, Ashkea White. “My niece did say that she tried to say, ‘Hey, watch out,’ […]
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Holiday heating safety

Are you and your home or office prepared to keep warm this winter? Use the checklist below to turn up the heat without the hazards. ✓ Has the chimney been cleaned recently? A dirty chimney can pose a fire risk if flammable debris or residues have built up over time. Before lighting your fireplace for […]
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Artificial Christmas trees versus live Christmas trees: make the choice that is right for you

Live and artificial Christmas trees pose health and safety hazards but knowing what you are at risk for and what you can do to prevent those risks can help protect you, your family and your home. But, if both kinds of trees are dangerous, how can you be confident in your choice? With BRCA’s safety […]
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Toy safety: it’s more than just a gift

It can be challenging buying the perfect present for little ones when choosing between trendy or safe for their age. Before purchasing that toy from the commercial, it’s important to consider a few things. Is the toy age-appropriate? An age-appropriate toy is considered a toy that’s packaging states it is recommended for the age of […]
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Have a holly, jolly holiday with these tips from Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America

December 1—The holiday season is a time for family, friends, food and the holiday spirit. As you get ready to decorate your house, start shopping for gifts or find ways to stay warm, make sure you stay safe! According to the National Fire Prevention Association, more than one-third of home decoration fires are started by […]
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A recipe for safe cooking this Thanksgiving

As everyone gathers the ingredients and prepares the kitchen to make a feast for Thanksgiving, the experts at BRCA want to give you a recipe for a safe cooking experience. If it’s still frozen, don’t fry it. It takes multiple days to prepare for this holiday. You should start preparing your ingredients and your game […]
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Owner and guest tips for holiday pet safety

While you may be prepared for the holidays, your pets may not. With strangers, children, food and overexcitement, gatherings can put a lot of stress on your pets, especially if it is a new or triggering situation for them. To keep both pets and people safe, it takes both owners and guests to work together […]
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BRCA’s Dr. Quinton and Dr. Smith answer questions for National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is bringing the experts to you. Diabetes and chronic wounds incite many questions, so we sat down with Dr. Tony Quinton and Dr. Kirsten Smith to give you some helpful information. What types of preventive care can I take to ensure the […]
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