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survivor

Chelsea

Eleven years ago, Chelsea’s  life was changed forever when she was accidentally pushed into an active BBQ pit by her large family dog. Although undergoing countless surgeries and painful skin grafts, Chelsea remained in good spirits. While being cared for in the UC San Diego Reg
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Maria

As with many burn survivors, Maria’s trauma happened at a young age with a scalding liquid. At only 2 years old, 40% of her scalp sustained burns causing an altered head shape and difficulty in growing hair. Scald injuries are caused from hot liquid, steam or food that makes contact w
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Alex

“With the support from the Burn Institute and the love of my family I learned how to smile again.”  Meet Alex.  Husband, father of three and 20-year Navy veteran who is the sole provider for his family. In 2016, while driving to work in the early morning hours, an erratic driver slamm
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Aaron

The beginning of Aaron’s life was difficult at best; at just 24 days old, his biological father submerged him in scalding water, burning over 45% of his small body. Upon arrival, the doctors gave him less than a 10% chance of surviving. Aaron was placed into a medically induced
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Brooke

“I know the fear you feel as you face never seeing your loved ones again.” In 2007, firefighter Brooke and her crew found themselves battling a major wildfire driven by Santa Ana winds. While attempting to rescue a father and son from their home, the group became trapped and engulfed
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Jai

Oftentimes, a burn injury has mental and emotional impacts on more than just the burn survivor. Several years ago, Jai, her husband and their three children, took a small vacation to ride quads in the desert. While at the campsite, her 5-year-old daughter, Rebecca, was sitting on a be
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Michael

Meet Michael… “Healing takes work.” Those are the three words Michael would use to describe his journey since he was severely burned in a fire pit accident ten years ago this July. Michael was camping in Idaho when he fell into an in-ground fire pit causing second and third degr
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Derek

One his way home from a training in Mammoth, California Derek Thomas’ life was completely changed. Derek was traveling with his girlfriend, two fellow athletes, and their coach when their SUV lost control, flipped onto its side, and was struck by an oncoming van. Derek was pulled from
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Diana

As with many young burn survivors, Diana was injured by a scalding liquid. At the age of 3, Diana and her cousin were playing in the kitchen when a pot of boiling water fell on her. She was rushed to the UCSD Regional Burn Center, and sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her neck, ch
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Marius

Marius is a true testament to the strength and perseverance of the human spirit. His story is remarkable, and uplifting for any who face a difficult situation. Marius is from Romania, and at the young age of 8 experienced a horrific accident. He awoke one night to a house engulfed in
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