Burn patient celebrates prom with his nurse at the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, GA

May 23, 2022

Seventeen-year-old Jayden Catoe and his brother were involved in an accident this past fall that resulted in tremendous burns for Jayden. Since last October, he has been at the Joseph M. Still (JMS) Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, an affiliate of Burn and Burn and Reconstructive of America. Not quite well enough to leave the burn center for his prom, the burn ICU staff decided to bring prom to Jayden.

At 6:30 p.m. May 20th, in the decorated lobby of the Fred Mullins M.D. Tower at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, Jayden and his prom date, Burn ICU nurse Kaitlin Williamson, danced the night away in true prom fashion.

“I took care of him a lot, and it was super sweet that he thought to ask me,” Williamson said. “Being in the unit can feel isolating at times, and recovery can be difficult, so I made sure to joke with him often and lift his spirits during our time together!”

“Jayden faced a series of challenges following his accident with burns over 60% of his body and having type 1 diabetes,” states Dr. Richard Cartie, Director of Pediatric Critical Care Services at the JMS Burn Center. “With the help of his mother, who has been there daily, and the amazing staff at the JMS Burn Center, he has met all of his challenges head-on and is getting very close to heading home.”

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Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA) is the largest system of burn care in the United States. Each year, BRCA’s physicians and advanced practice providers treat patients of all ages for a wide range of injuries, including thermal, chemical and electrical burns, skin and soft tissue disorders, complex wounds and traumatic extremity injuries. For more information, visit BRCA’s website at burncenters.com or our social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn.