The death toll from a horrific fire in Mexico has hit 89. Two children who survived are being treated in Galveston.
One victim is 15-years-old, he was taken to Shriners Hospital with burns to 83 percent of his body. Another boy with burns to 70 percent of his body arrived in Galveston on Sunday.
The Mexican government says there are 49 other people who were severely burned. They are being treated in Mexico.
The victims were all burned Friday when a fire erupted at the site of an illegal gas pipeline tap in the central state of Hidalgo.
Shriners Hospitals for Children SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN Since the first Shriners Hospital opened in 1922, we have been on a mission to improve the lives of children by providing world-class pediatric specialty care. Today, Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a unique health care system with a reputation for finding answers, and giving families hope. At our 22 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, children receive expert care for Orthopaedics conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families’ ability to pay for services. To learn how to refer a child, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org or call the patient referral line at 800-237-5055 in the U.S., or 800-361-7256 in Canada.
Specialty CareIn the 1920s, the first Shriners Hospital was opened primarily to help children who had contracted polio. Today, the majority of our 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children provide care for children with all types of orthopedic conditions, including clubfoot, hip disorders, limb deficiencies and deformities, scoliosis, and orthopaedic difficulties related to cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions. We also offer a range of multidisciplinary services, including physical, occupational and recreation therapies; orthotics and prosthetics; child life activities; and transitions programs to help each child grow into a happy, healthy, productive adult.
Shriners Hospitals in Boston, Cincinnati, Galveston (TX) and Sacramento (CA) provide critical, surgical and rehabilitative care for all degrees of burn injuries. Each state-of-the-art hospital offering burn care provides treatments for: acute and sub-acute burns; healed burns; scarring that has caused contractures or limited mobility; smoke inhalation; facial scarring or deformities; and other skin conditions. Our locations have the capacity to provide laser treatments to lessen the effects and appearance of burn-related scarring.
Injury RehabilitationShriners Hospitals for Children was the first health care system in the country to develop spinal cord injury rehabilitation programs specifically for children. We offer innovative therapies, emotional support, and training in independent living skills. In addition to therapy, exercise and activity-based rehabilitation are emphasized. These activities also increase strength and stamina and enhance social interaction, confidence and independence.
Cleft Lip and Palate
At Shriners Hospitals for Children, patients with a cleft lip and/or palate are treated by a multidisciplinary team that works to improve the child’s appearance and their ability to eat, breathe and communicate. Each patient’s unique treatment plan may include surgery, orthodontics, and hearing, speech and psychological therapies to restore optimal function and appearance. Our goal is to help each child achieve optimal function, improve their facial appearance to the fullest extent possible, and restore their self-esteem. To learn how to refer a child, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org or call the patient referral line at 800-237-5055 in the U.S., or 800-361-7256 in Canada.