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Young Burn Survivors Gather at Baton Rouge General's Pediatric Burn Carnival

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 and rehabilitation.

“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 more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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.

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