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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EMT recovers from jet ski explosion with help from burn team

Megan Hawthorne and her boyfriend, Braydon Nunnery, were pulling a kneeboard behind a jet ski on a river in Florida on Aug. 9, 2020, when the rope got stuck in the propeller. The couple shut off the engine and managed to swim the stalled jet ski to the nearest sandbar before flagging down a friend […]
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Jacob Bird

Jacob Bird was a kid being a kid. The 17-year-old high school senior and college football hopeful thought it would be fun to jump from his home balcony onto a trampoline one-story below. But it didn’t go like he thought it would. “I broke my leg, snapped it completely in half. The bone was sticking […]
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Kyrie Gilchrist

Eighteen-month-old Kyrie Gilchrist wailed on the floor. His body was covered in hot grease. “My husband and I both ran over to where the stove is, and that’s when we noticed that he had pulled the frying pan down on himself,” said Kyrie’s mom, Natalie Gilchrist. Originally from Virginia, the Gilchrists’ were visiting family in […]
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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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