DJ, Burn Survivor

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His story of survival:

After a traumatic automobile accident on a return trip with his Boy Scout troop, DJ was burned over 60 percent of his body and had to have his left leg amputated. While being treated for his injuries at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, fellow amputee, Retired Army Sergeant, Damion Peyton, visited DJ to provide support and guidance for the teenager. DJ is now active in many athletic endeavors and will soon compete in his first triathlon. DJ is a true inspiration!

Pat, Burn Survivor

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My Story of Survival:

“I started to burn limbs and fresh leaves in a barrel in my backyard. With no knowledge about gasoline, I put a little in the burn barrel and put in a burning match. At that moment my entire life changed.

If I hadn’t called 911 immediately I wouldn’t be able to tell you this story.

With excellent help from the fire department and ambulance service I was taken to a helicopter about a mile away from my home. I didn’t even know I was on fire much less the fact that my left ear and half of my hair was gone.

My stay at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital was almost two complete months. I had many graft surgeries and with the help of some very wonderful nurses and staff, I pulled through. I know at times I was very hard to handle with my pain, staples, and that whirlpool…

I thank GOD for letting me live. I was very lucky and with the great care of those doctors, I found the strength to get better. I missed my little doggie and had my sister bring me a photo to cheer me up. My family endured a lot for those months and I am lucky to have them.

I have come such a long way now and with the help of medical staff I am getting better daily. However, I urge ANYONE who wants to burn the trash in their yard to do your HOMEWORK. Be prepared for anything that could go wrong on a moment’s notice.

It could happen to anyone.

Thank you to the physicians, nurses, and staff at the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. Without you, I would not be here today.”

Vickie and daughter, Abbey, Eight Months After Their Burn Injury

Vickie and Abbey Johnson

“On October 1, 2009, my family was in a horrific automobile accident that claimed the lives of my 13 year old daughter, Crystal, and my husband, Curt. I was left with third degree burns over 30% of my body. That night I took two ambulance rides and a helicopter ride that ended at the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.

Once I was healthy enough to be moved out of intensive care and onto another floor in the hospital, my children were allowed to spend the night with me on occasion. That alone meant a lot as we were mourning the loss of our loved ones. The doctors, nurses and staff were all great to us throughout my stay.

Today I am a healthy, happy person thanks to God and the staff of the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. I now have a greater appreciation for firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses and hospitals. Thank you for all that you do!”

Erin, Certified Child Life Specialist in the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital

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“I see kids on a social and emotional level. My goal is to help them understand what is going on. I try to help them with their fears of the unknown and clear up any questions they might have.”

Connor, Burn Survivor

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“The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital saved my life. Now I’m using my story of survival to help others.”