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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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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