Scotti Roberts: Burn survivor, peer supporter, LPN and future RN

Eight-year-old Scotti Roberts grew up living the small-town-USA life in Fitzgerald, GA. In a town of roughly 9,000 people, Roberts lived with her grandparents in a pecan orchard. After dinner on Oct. 18, 2005, Roberts and her family went to the orchard to a five-foot hole where they burned their pecan branches. Playing, Roberts threw […]
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A mother is thankful to have her son returned to her after getting severely burned on cross-country camping trip

For the first time in then fourteen-year-old John David Thomason’s life, he was going on a cross-country fishing and camping trip deep in the Wyoming wilderness. On July 1, 2021, only a day into the trip, he and his campmates were cooking over an open fire and playing bocce ball when Thomason miss-stepped and fell […]
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Professional rodeo cowboy thanks surgeon who saved him from amputation

Memorial Day weekend 2017, Justin Babineaux was competing in team cattle roping in his hometown of Sulphur, Louisiana. He and his horse were a powerful duo on the verge of a winning streak. But unfortunately, rodeos are a fast-paced, unpredictable sport where anything can happen in just a matter of seconds and, as Babineaux went […]
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The keys to success: pianist learns to play again after near hand amputation

Andrew Connelly was driving home from choir practice late at night on Dec. 5, 2018, when he hit a guardrail on a South Carolina dam, and his car burst into flames. Connelly, a classically trained concert pianist and middle school teacher, had been working part-time as the choir director at his church before suffering that […]
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Little boy injured by firework hopes to see again soon

Every Christmas Eve, eight-year-old Skyler Hinson and his family shoot off fireworks to celebrate the holiday season. On Dec. 23, 2020, they decided to go ahead and shoot off some of the fireworks ahead of the rain on Christmas Eve. Hinson, his three-year-old sister and great-grandfather, went out into the backyard to kick off the […]
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After suffering burns from boiling noodles, five-year-old wants to be a firefighter

Jamie Harden was getting off work on New Year’s Day 2022 when she received a call from a family member that her five-year-old nephew, Je’Siyah Brown, had gotten burned in a home accident. “Je’Siyah got burned by mistake,” Harden said. “His older brother, who is seven, was cooking noodles in the microwave. Je’Siyah was bending […]
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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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SJS survivor shares his story in hopes of shedding light on rare skin disorder

In 2017, Andre Williams was prescribed a drug used to treat bacterial infections. He took the pills as his doctor instructed for just under a week when he became feverish. “I started having these chills, and I was super cold, but I would get under a blanket and then be super hot,” Williams said. “I […]
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Man who contracted flesh-eating bacteria from fishhook thanks burn surgeons for saving his life

In June 2019, Denton Crockett was in Louisiana fishing for redfish near the mouth of the Mississippi River when he got stuck by a fishhook in the back of his right calf. The puncture was shallow enough for Crockett to pull out the hook without medical assistance, and he thought nothing else of it. But, […]
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