Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center hosted its first Pediatric Burn Survivor Carnival at its Bluebonnet campus on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The event brought former and current burn patients and their families together for an afternoon of support, food and fun.
“Young burn patients face unique challenges,” said Dr. Tracee Short, Regiional Burn Center Medical Director. “In addition to typical childhood stresses like body image and self-confidence, young burn survivors often deal with additional adjustments as they return to school.”
More than 150 patients enjoyed games, space walks, face painting, refreshments and other fun activities. Additionally, support groups were held for the patients, and their families throughout the day.
“This carnival was a chance to bring families together. It’s a chance to remember that we are all in this journey together,” said Amy Martin, mother of a four year old recovering from a burn. “And, our kids had a blast!”
Offering care for both children and adults, BR General’s Regional Burn Center was the first designated burn facility in Louisiana, 14th in the nation, and is one of only 125 specialized burn centers in the U.S. The facility treats flame, scald, electrical, chemical and other burn-related injuries. They also provide long-term and continuous care including support groups for patients and their families.
“As the only comprehensive burn facility in a 250-mile radius, the Regional Burn Center is uniquely qualified to help patients and their families through the entire recovery process,” said Dr. Short. “Events like these are an important part of that process, allowing patients and their families to connect with others in similar situations.”