“Burns affected 76% of his body”
In 2008, 10 year old Jason sustained extensive second and third degree burns that affected 76% of his body. His initial hospital stay at Shriners Hospital for Children (SHC), Cincinnati was three months long and he has required ongoing care for his burn scars. Jason has needed to attend physical therapy, follow up appointments, and undergo surgeries for skin grafting to be able to keep his scars as smooth as possible and to be able to move comfortably. At first, doctors used allograft tissue (cadaver skin) as a temporary graft to cover the burn as a protective sheath until there was enough autograft (Jason’s own skin) available to use as a permanent covering. Autograft tissue is the safest and fastest-healing tissue that can be used on a burn survivor. It is used in almost all cases for permanent skin grafts.
A full seven years have passed since Jason’s injury occurred, but his recovery is still in progress. He has been hospitalized again at SHC for the last couple of weeks. Jason has instantly and unknowingly become a role model for several younger boys at SHC going through the same healing process. By playing games with them and sharing his own story, Jason is providing encouragement for these other patients. His nominating Child Life Specialist recommends that Jason “not only be recognized as a hero for all he has endured as a burn survivor, but also for the gift of compassion and hope [he offers to] others just beginning their journey as survivors.”
Kids Wish Network and Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati would like to honor Jason’s strength and kindness by recognizing him as a Hero of the Month! Congratulations, Jason!