Walking into the Emergency Department at the Perth Children’s Hospital with their sick two-year-old daughter Amelia, Brianna and Russell felt…
In a split second, 18-month-old Ella’s life changed. As the result of an accident that could happen to any family, she received severe burns to her face and torso.
Ella was only a toddler when she grabbed a mug of piping hot tea from the counter above her. The scalding liquid caused burns to 70-80% of her chest and stomach, as well as damage to the left side of her face.
She was immediately taken to Rockingham Hospital where she was sedated before being rushed to the PMH Total Care Burns unit.
“The medical staff at Rockingham said that we should prepare for the worst,” said her mum, Chelsea. “They thought the scalding water could have travelled into her internal organs and they didn’t know if she’d survive.”
For 14 weeks Ella stayed in the Total Care Burns Unit undergoing treatment, including surgery to apply spray skin twice within the first week to her chin and abdomen. Every day her bandages were changed and it was only after three months in hospital that she was allowed to go home on weekend leave. During that time, she had to wear a full body suit and a hat to cover her damaged skin. She received laser treatment to her burns to help their flexibility and appearance, and had numerous operations.
Ella will require treatment for many years, which can be extremely painful, but she is a remarkable young girl and a true survivor.
As Chelsea explains,
We feel incredibly fortunate to have had the support of all the medical staff at PMH, particularly Fiona Wood and her team at the Burns unit. The support has been endless and we have had complete trust in the doctors and nurses.
“Ella is totally amazing. Her mantra in life is that you should always love someone for what’s on the inside, not the outside, and she tends to make friends very quickly with other kids who have disabilities,” Chelsea continues.
“When she grows up, she says she wants to either be a teacher or an astronaut; we are just eternally grateful to PMH for giving her the chance to do either.”