Saturday, July 14, 2007

"Recoveries at burn units bring stresses, strong bonds"

Via USA Today. This article discusses the journeys of disabled vets going through recovery from burn injuries.

"Brooke's burn center also treats civilians. But these days there is a steady flow of wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan — more than 570 thus far, of which only about 6% have died. Many survivors, however, are permanently scarred. Some also suffer from blast-related wounds, such as head injuries or fractures. Others can't walk, cut their food or tie their shoes.

"We now have an entirely new population of burn survivors ... with oftentimes lifelong and life-changing injuries," says Dr. Evan Renz, a Brooke surgeon.

Some will recover. Others will learn new ways to become independent."

The article discusses some of the struggles with survival, suicidal feelings and conflicts the staff and patients deal with on a daily basis. However, its message is clear for those who do survive numerous surgeries, some as many as 30 or 40 (or more):

Get back out there.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My son was badly burned as a child and after many operations still is scarred. He's fought for acceptance his entire life and once he gets to know people his appearance isn't as much of an issue. It will take these vets time to adjust and time for their families and friends to learn what kind of support they need. People can help by accepting their appearance.

Helen