Haitian woman flown more than 1,000 miles to receive lifesaving burn care following propane explosion

In the early morning hours of March 8, 2021, Guerda Fontaine was prepping lunch boxes for her two children when turning on the propane tank engulfed her in flames. “Upon the propane exploding, the house itself exploded, the windows exploded, everything just exploded,” said Mrs. Fontaine. “I just heard the explosion and didn’t really understand […]
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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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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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Photo of burn patient Lyle Barnett

Patient Story: Lyle Barnett

Twenty-eight seconds. Lyle Barnett was on fire for 28 seconds. His drag car exploded around him as he hurtled down the quarter-mile strip at 170 mph. It started as a softball-sized orb of ethanol-fueled flames that struck him right in the face. Instinct took over. He took a deep breath, inhaling fire and fumes that […]
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How Joel Hall found healing through art

In the days after Christmas 2015, Joel Hall gathered his daughters at the family lake house for a respite before the start of the new year. The winter days had turned wet and cold, bringing a light snowfall, and homemade s’mores were on the menu. The chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows were ready, and Hall […]
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Josh Williams Firefighter and Burn Survivor

One man’s unwavering passion in the wake of trauma

When hot smoke spreads across a room’s ceiling during a fire, the gasses emitted can combine with the rising temperature until every exposed item reaches the point of combustion almost simultaneously. This phenomenon is called a flashover, and on Labor Day 2018, Lt. Josh Williams found himself in the middle of one, leaving him alone, without […]
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Grayson Cadle Hands Close Up

Grayson Cadle survived an explosion. Now he wants to help others.

All Grayson Cadle did was flip a light switch. On July 9, 2018, a leaking tank of butane in a neighboring apartment had filled the Cadle’s unit with volatile fumes. Focused on relaxing after work, the 22-year-old from Belize City, Belize, didn’t notice the smell and went to turn on a light—that spark of electricity […]
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Patient celebrates “Hand-iversary” by giving back

James Mercado III was eight years old when an accident with an exercise bike severed four fingers from his hand. During his month-long stay at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, surgeons were able to reattach two of the severed digits. While he was there, James watched as other […]
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