BATON ROUGE, La. - Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center hosted
its first Pediatric Burn Survivor Carnival Saturday morning on its Bluebonnet
campus. 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, Regional 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, their families and volunteers gathered for Saturday’s
carnival that included games, space walks, face painting, refreshments
and other fun activities for families. Additionally, support groups were
held for the patients, their siblings and their parents 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, Baton Rouge 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. In addition to treatment for flame, scald, electrical, chemical
and other burn-related injuries, the Regional Burn Center provides long-term,
continuous care for patients and their families, including support groups
“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.”
Hallie and a BRG volunteer practice their pop star moves at the music station.
June, 10, is a classically trained pianist. He showed off his skills at
the carnival’s music station Saturday.
Jaynie, 4, helps complete a painting for the Baton Rouge General Arts in
Medicine program, which offers patients the opportunity to explore their
own creativity while participating in art therapy projects.
Lala, 3, tries cotton candy for the first time at the Baton Rouge General’s
first pediatric burn carnival.
The St. George Fire Department, Louisiana State Police and SWAT teams were
on site to offer children and their families the chance to ask questions
and explore response vehicles.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital
with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in
the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has
provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare
for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge
General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine,
and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing,
School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal
Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For
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About Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center
Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center opened in July of 1970
on the hospital’s Mid City campus, and provides a unique service
dedicated to care and treatment of burn victims in the Gulf Coast region.
It 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 Burn Center
provides more than 3,000 treatments for adults and children each year
suffering from flame, scald, electrical, chemical and other burn-related
injuries and continues to achieve the highest standards for providing
exceptional inpatient and outpatient care, rehabilitation and support services.