Surgeons save Colorado woman’s hand after traumatic injury

Sierra Piercy was doing something she’d done hundreds of times before: cleaning the remnants of her daily protein shake out of the blender. But this time was different. On July 7, 2019, the health and fitness enthusiast almost lost her hand when the appliance suddenly came to life. “I was wiping it out, and I […]
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A Nurse Educator’s Journey to a New Normal: Surviving SJS/TEN

On January 25, 2020, Karen Worthy, Ph.D., MPH, RN, CNE, thought she had the flu. Fever, cough, and muscle aches were all symptoms she experienced when she had the flu the previous year, except this time was very different. As the day progressed, she began presenting other worrying symptoms that indicated not only a possible […]
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“Let me tell you about the good that has come out of it.”

Kidnapped and set on fire, Stacy Frank was left to die. “I had second and third degree burns on 40 percent of my body. Both my arms, my chest, and up to the very bottom of my cheek from the bottom of my lip down are burned,” said Stacy. “The doctors gave me only a 20 […]
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Living a life in color: A survivor’s mental health journey and recovery.

At 36 years old, Kevin Photos was fighting a mental war. He had been struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts for a while, and things didn’t seem to be improving. In fact, it all seemed to be getting worse. And, on January 4, 2017, Kevin made the decision to end his life by carbon monoxide […]
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Burn care across states: Woman treated in Idaho and Colorado after severe burn injury

Meshea Danner was on fire. Unable to unbuckle her seatbelt, she was trapped in her burning UTV. “I was panicking because I looked … and my shoulder was on fire. I could see the flames on me. I started panic-clawing at my seatbelt,” Meshea said. Meshea and her husband, Ely, were hundreds of miles away […]
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Colorado doctor restores function to teenager’s arm with inaugural surgery

Two days after he turned 18, a bullet pierced Aaron Assiter’s neck as he sat in his car in Lubbock, TX. The attack left the high school senior paralyzed from the chest down with little to no movement in his left arm, hand, and fingers. “I had extremely little use of my left fingers and no use of my left arm,” he […]
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Burn survivor SOARs to new heights

Nearly six months after he was severely burned, Kevin Vann walked out of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. To this day, room 7 in the Burn ICU remains a constant reminder to Kevin that, in a time of uncertainty, he was given the gift of a second chance. “There’s people that […]
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2020 Shop with a Doc event celebrates young burn patients, honors legacy of Dr. Fred Mullins

Shop with a Doc, the annual holiday celebration of some of the youngest burn patients treated at the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, may  have looked a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean there was any shortage of holiday cheer. The event, sponsored by the Burn Foundation of America, brought […]
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BRCA publishes inaugural national edition of “Burn Care Commentary”

As part of our efforts to help improve burn care through education, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America publishes Burn Care Commentary. A staple of the Southeast medical community for more than 20 years, the inaugural national edition focuses on general burn care, tells the story of one of our patients, and touches on other topics […]
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After propane explosion, man thanks Colorado doctors for his recovery

Fred Phillips suffered third-degree burns on 50% of his body and the loss of his partner of 25 years, Electra Churchill, when an unknown propane leak ignited. On Oct. 11, 2019, the pair were turning on the projector in their Colorado guest house when the room exploded. Phillips made it out, but Electra did not. […]
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Woman In Houseboat Explosion Thanks Doctors Who “Never Gave Up”

Amy Bellum is taking life one step at a time after a deadly houseboat explosion shattered her leg and ankle. After an accident that killed her friend and injured four others, Amy was left with significant burns and more than 30 fractures. She embarked on a health journey that would take years of reconstruction and […]
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Motorcyclist Thankful For Surgeons, Staff Who Saved His Leg

For Randy Kluber, Thanksgiving was truly a day worth being thankful for after a motorcycle accident almost took his leg. Driving home from the holiday dinner in 2017, Randy was hit by a car, resulting in a severely broken leg and a large open wound. He was prepared for the worst, but Drs. Benson Pulikkottil […]
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Emmanuel Martinez — Painting a beautiful life

A patient treated at the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital was recently recognized by the HCA Today blog. Emmanuel Martinez was treated for an electrical accident that took both his legs, dominant right arm, and a portion of his left hand. Martinez had a long rehabilitation journey where he was encouraged to pursue his […]
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