Thursday, June 3, 2010
Shriners help young burn victim
By SUE WATSON
A baby, scalded on the abdomen by a bowl of hot oatmeal at 13 months, is the picture of happiness at age 4, thanks to help from the Shriners Burn Hospital in Galveston, Texas.
Madison Kimbrough smiled, twisted and turned in her pretty yellow summer dress last week as she took bites off marshmallows at Aunt Whooey’s in Holly Springs. Her grandmother Suzie Sexton is a big fan and thankful to the Shriners for all they have done for her grandchild.
Last week Madison and her mother, Jennifer Kimbrough, returned from Galveston following a checkup at the burn center. Madison will be checked later to see if she is ready for scar reduction surgery. The scar covers her entire abdomen.
Shriner Hollis Woods of Olive Branch has been doing the driving for the family to Galveston. The Shriners provide transportation to and from the burn hospital and provide food and drink for one relative and the child, as well as all medical expenses.
Woods said he makes lots of trips to the burn center. At any one time about 200 Mississippi residents are receiving care for burns at the hospital. The Shriners are involved in helping raise money for Madysen Acey, an 8-year-old Tunica resident who lost her left arm and right hand to a burn received when she touched a live electrical wire about a month ago.
The Shriners also support lots of hospitals for crippled kids, Woods said. He knows of one child in Potts Camp who is carried to the Shriners Hospital in Shreveport, La., a lot.
Suzie Sexton said she wants people to recognize the good done by the Shriners.
“They have helped the family out a lot and that baby out a lot,” she said.
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