Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center hosted its first Pediatric Burn Survivor Carnival at its Bluebonnet campus on Aug. 15, a news release said.
“Young burn patients face unique challenges,” said Dr. Tracee Short, medical director of the Regional Burn Center. “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 the carnival, which featured games, inflatables, face painting, refreshments and other activities. Support groups were held throughout the day for the patients and their families.
“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 4-year-old recovering from a burn. “And our kids had a blast.”
Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center, the first designated burn facility in Louisiana, offers treatment for flame, scald, electrical, chemical and other burn-related injuries, as well as long-term, continuous care for patients and their families, including support groups and rehabilitation, the release said.