140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Monday, June 8, 2009

Shriners Hospital readies for two more victims of Mexican daycare fire

By Gina Kim gkim@sacbee.com

Two more children badly burned in the Mexican daycare center fire were expected to arrive late today in Sacramento for treatment, while the two already hospitalized here remain in critical condition.

A girl and boy - both 2 years old - will join the pair of 3-year-olds at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, which handles many of Mexico's major burns among children, said Dr. David Greenhalgh, chief of burns at the hospital.

"They're usually horrible injuries," Greenhalgh said.

The new patients are suffering from burns over 25 to 40 percent of their bodies, not as extensive as the 3-year-olds who were admitted Saturday.

The 3-year-old girl, who arrived Saturday afternoon, suffers from burns over 80 percent of her body. She underwent surgery to relieve swelling pressure on her airway and stomach that day and will undergo a grafting operation Monday, Greenhalgh said.

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