BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center hosted their first annual Pediatric Burn Survivor Carnival Saturday.
More than 150 patients, their families and volunteers gathered for the event that was held at its Bluebonnet Campus. The Carnival included games, space walks, face painting, refreshments and other fun activities. There were also support groups held for the patients, their siblings and their parents throughout the day.
"Young burn patients face unique challenges," says Dr. Tracee Short, Regional Burn Center Medical Director. "In addition to typical childhood stresses the body image and self-confidence, young burn survivors often deal with additional adjustments as they return to school."
One mother says that the event is not only fun for the kids, but reminds families that there are other families going through the same situation.
"This carnival was a chance to bring families together," says Amy Martin, the mother of a 4-year-old recovering from a burn. "It's a chance to remember that we are all in this journey together. And our kids had a blast."
Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center was the first designated burn facility in Louisiana, 14th in the country and is only one of 125 specialized burn centers in the U.S. The Regional Burn Center provides care for both children and adults and provides treatment for flame, scald, electrical, chemical and other burn related injuries. They also provide 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," says Dr. Short. "Events like these are an important part of the process, allowing patients and their families to connect with others in similar situations."