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fire-department-firefighterFor many, a house fire is right up there with some of our worst nightmares. Consider this story from CBS 6 titled “Survivor jumps to safety from second-floor of burning Chesterfield apartment.”

The first paragraph of the article reads, “Five people were taken to the hospital and two people were treated at the scene after a fire damaged the Bellwood Maisonettes apartment complex at 6745 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chesterfield Wednesday morning. One of the injured apartment dwellers jumped from a second-floor apartment to escape the smoke and flames. Two other people escaped from a first floor window.”

The prospect of a tragedy like this is worrisome enough. However, that’s only part of the story. Sheikh Sabiha Islam of Prothom Alo explores this in a recent article titled “The ordeals of child burn victims.” Islam writes, “Doctors said burn victims who are children often have to go through skin graft operations. In many cases bone joints are displaced, burn wounds swell, and as a girl matures, her natural growth is hampered. Apart from health hazards, they might experience severe psychological trauma.  Some lose sleep, some lose their appetite, and some lose their ability to learn, while some lose their interest in everything. Helal Uddin, faculty at the National Institute of Mental Health, told Prothom Alo, ‘Some babies can recall memories of the womb. Safir, the two and a half years old Narayanganj arson attack victim, will never forget the horrific memories of the fire.  They will lose their trust in everybody and suffer from depression.’”

We all hope that we’ll never be in a situation where we or any of our loved ones become burn victims. However, it’s always better to know what your options are in the case of such a tragedy. When it comes to to burn reconstruction, you can count on Rex E. Moulton-Barrett, M.D. The internationally known and acknowledged surgeon is board certified in two distinct surgical specialties, The American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

The burn reconstruction procedures Dr. Moulton-Barrett performs includes skin grafts, microsurger, free flap procedure, and tissue expansion. Every patient is different but we regularly schedule follow-up visits two weeks after surgery. If you’re looking into burn reconstruction surgery, contact Dr. Moulton-Barrett for a consultation.

Whatever plastic and/or reconstructive surgery needs you might have, you can trust Rex. Moulton-Barrett, M.D.!