MedWatch Today: Burn survivors get treated to a night of pampering

Med Watch Today

A burn injury can be a life changing experience. So, it’s important to the team at the Leon S. Peters Burn Center at Community Regional Medical Center that patients are not only taken care of physically, but also emotionally.

About a dozen burn survivors and their caregivers got to spend the evening getting pampered at the House of Hair salon in Clovis – all for free. It was a very special way for them to heal.

It was your classic girls night out. There was food, drinks, and lots of laughing.

Kimberly Mayfield is the mother of a burn survivor. She said, “I got a haircut and they fixed my hair and I’ve never had my eyebrows done before in my whole life.”

This pampering experience gave Kimberly and her daughter a night off to relax after the pain they suffered almost one year ago. Kimberly’s 35-year old daughter was burned in a house fire in Mendocino County.

“Seventy percent of her body, third degree… All the way up to three months, we didn’t know if she was going to live or die. They were going to amputate a leg,” stated Kimberly.

Her daughter now receives care at the Leon S. Peters Burn Center at Community Regional. Kimberly is her primary caregiver.

“I feel like my whole life changed, as far as being a survivor, and my daughter too. It’s like a forever family now, we belong to something that is so incredible,” Kimberly descibed about receiving care at the Peters Burn Center.

The complimentary event was coordinated by the staff at the Peters Burn Center in partnership with the House of Hair owners, Alix and Nico Gentile. Every hairdresser is independently contracted, and donated all their time and services to the burn survivors.

Nico said, “They’re beautifying all the women who have gone through some traumatic events and we’re just fortunate to give back.”

Shana Henry is a registered nurse at the Peters Burn Center. She explains, for a burn survivor, much of the healing takes place after they leave the hospital.

“One of the toughest things that burns survivors go through within their burn journey is being able to adjust to their new image, and so specifically with women, that can be incredibly challenging,” Shana described.

That’s why Shana said – an event like this, is such an important opportunity for healing.

She stated, “To put on an event for our female burn survivors to really just love on them and be able to provide services for them that they might not otherwise be able to get.”

Kimberly said she feels compelled to pay it forward.

“Yes I do! I feel like there’s so much I could do so that so many other people can be blessed like I was tonight,” stated Kimberly.

It was a night to remember, to embrace their burns, and see the beauty in themselves and others.

Kimberly ended, “It’s changed our lives. I mean, you know, we’re creating a new us now, learning how to live with burns, you know?”

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