Amazing Recovery Of A Toddler
Tags: antibiotics, bacteria, burns victims, cup of tea, fatal infections, having fun, infectious diseases, isambard, new dressing, paediatric, remarkable progress, revolutionary treatment, scars, severe burns, single skin, skin graft, smiling face, torquay, torso, university of bath
Amazing recovery of toddler with 32% burns on his face who healed with NO scars thanks to revolutionary treatment
By Luke Salked
This is the smile that Isambard Ebbutt’s mother feared she would never see.
He suffered horrific burns when he poured a cup of scalding tea over his head as a baby.
But despite not having a single skin graft, he is almost unrecognisable nearly two years later.
Isambard, two, has amazed doctors by appearing to suffer no lasting damage from the accident.
He was just 13 months old when he poured the tea over himself in September
He suffered 32 per cent burns to his face and torso, and doctors at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol feared he would suffer severe scarring or contract potentially fatal infections.
But he recovered quickly enough to return to his home in Torquay in only ten days, and his remarkable progress has continued.
Yesterday Isambard’s mother, Natalie Ebbutt, 37, who has five other children with husband Chris, said: ‘It is so poignant that a cup of tea can kill but I don’t think that parents are aware of the damage it can do.
‘I see adults walking around all the time with hot drinks near children. I thought he was going to die.
‘There is never a day that goes by when we don’t think how lucky we are to have him in such a perfect condition and see his smiling face.’
Isambard was treated by experts from the South-West Regional Paediatric Burns Service, who have begun working with scientists from the University of Bath to create a new dressing to protect burns victims from infections.
Having fun: Isambard plays at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where he was treated for severe burns
The ‘Bacteriosafe’ technology will release antibiotics from nanocapsules triggered by the presence of bacteria which cause infectious diseases. The dressing will also change colour when the antibiotic is released to alert medics.
Mrs Ebbutt added: ‘I knew that the biggest chance of losing my child was if an infection took hold.
‘All I could do was cross my fingers and hope for the best.
‘To think now that there is a possibility of avoiding serious infection and complications with this project is amazing.’
Originally posted 2011-01-30 08:00:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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