My Daughter, The Scald Burn Survivor

On August 4th, 2009, I got a call from work an hour before I was to get off; My 23month old daughter was on her way to the hospital because of burns. I nearly broke down because I had no clue what happened or how bad it was. I was unable to see her for nearly 4hrs while they worked on her in the Trauma Room. Then the doctor came out and told us it was about 35% of her body and she would have to be there maybe 2weeks. This 35% affected a diagonal section from her left hip to just below her right nipple on front and back all the way down to her knees. She also had a 2nd degree burn on her right hand(including fingers). The worst of the burns were concentrated on her bottom, anus and genitals.

Turns out she was in the hospital for 2months. A week after the injury she was reassessed and I was told she in fact had deep 2nd and 3rd degree burns instead of the superficial burns they originally thought. She was airlifted along a couple hours later to the IWK Health Center in Halifax, NS. In the time she was in Halifax, I stayed with her the whole time although home was nearly 4hrs away. She had to have an NG tube put in place about a week after she got there, and soon was on a solely liquid diet. Only days after her 2nd Birthday, she received a blood transfusion and went for her first skin graft surgery. Over that month she went for 2 more skin grafts which covered her inner thighs, bottom twice, lower abdomen, back and pelvic region.

She was released from the hospital on October 9th, 2009. She still had to go through daily burn dressings and physiotherapy once a week. She slowly learned to walk again and do everything a normal kid her age would despite the pain. Her biggest problem was overcoming her fear of the bathtub, where this all started. Slowly she learned to like it again, with the help of her dollies.

Now 7months later, she is doing much better. She walks, runs, climbs and gets into everything. She has been out of burn dressings since January 16th, and is about a month away from getting pressure garments. She has come a long way, there are still some side effects of this injury that haunt her daily life. Because of the scar tissue around her anus, she has no control of her bowels. It comes whenever it wants to, little by little, which means a lot of diaper changes. She is also having issues with her hip mobility as a result of contractures.

I know my little girl is tough, and she has proved it every day for the last 7months. I cant wait to see what the next 6months bring in her recovery.

KdsMama KdsMama
18-21, F
5 Responses Mar 4, 2010

Your strength is the key to her success. Glad your here.

Be as close to her through her teenage years especially, everyday starting now teach her to love herself so that it will make it easier to deal with self esteem issues as a teenager. She needs your strength, to get through what she will hear from ignorant people out there.<br />
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I have walked this journey and just wish i knew half of what i know now. and intend to help other young girls who walk this path. Always remember she is different and has special emotional needs that need attention.

I just wanted to write you and say that I hope your daughter is on the road to recovery. I am currently in the process of learning how to take care of my four year old little girl and she came off her feeding tube today. We are hoping to go home by the weekend. We've been here at the hospital since 3/9 and were orginally told we could expect to be here 6-8wks she was burned 2nd and 3rd degree on 35% of her body also. Her back,arm,side,leg and bottom were all burned. I hope to get updates about your daugher that she is getting better and better and she will be in my prayers.<br />

Thanks for your story. I was 18 months old wen I got burned and technolgy was not that good.Now better technology and less scars. I will keep you both in my prayers. I hope we can becme friends and if you have ? or just need a friend. GOD BLESS

My prayers God Bless You and your daughter goahead