Boy Burned So Badly by Beach BBQ He Needed Skin Transplant Warns of Dangers | Grenade
A young boy’s terrible barbecue accident that left him temporarily unable to walk and needed a skin transplant inspired a fundraising campaign.
Will Tyler, who was only nine at the time, stepped on the hot sand where a beach barbecue had previously been set up – severely scarring both his feet and leaving him in need of urgent medical treatment. His father had to cross sand dunes, carrying him for 20 minutes in the summer heat, to get back to the car so his mother could drive him to the hospital. The surgery and care that Will received at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital prompted him to start fundraising for the hospital’s charity.
On the first anniversary of his accident, on June 1, 2021, Will will begin his eight fundraising challenges, which range from an 8k walk to eight random acts of kindness. He will also be revisiting Formby Beach where his accident happened, hoping to raise awareness of the dangers of barbecues on the sand. All the money he raises will go to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity.
“I wanted to do a number eight themed fundraiser because that’s the number of nights I spent in the children’s hospital,” said Will, now 10, who is still in the hospital. appointment with the hospital.
“It was really tough because it was last year during the lockout so my sister Lily and my dad couldn’t visit me, I was only with my mom. But all the nurses were nice to me and everyone on the ward was really nice.
“It was hard because my wound was really painful, but the dressing changes were sometimes as painful as when I was burned. I also couldn’t walk for a while and had to use a wheelchair and then crutches.
Will, parents Toby and Claire, 44, sister Lily, now 12, and their friends the Morley family, had decided to leave their home in Stockport for a day at the beach when the accident took hold. product. They had deliberately walked the sand dunes of Formby to keep away from the crowds and were therefore away from their cars.
They set up a disposable barbecue to enjoy sausage sandwiches, and then after the barbecue cooled, they moved it to the side away from the children, so the youngsters could run around and play.
“Anyone I have told this story to just can’t believe how hot the sand can stay so hot,” said Toby, 51. “We had used one of those disposable barbecues where the coals are in an aluminum tray. The bottom of the tray was on the sand, which I now know meant that the heat was sent into the sand and the aluminum surface trapped it.
“When we moved the barbecue, the top of the sand cooled off in the atmosphere, but underneath it was still hot because the heat had just been trapped. We later learned that it could stay dangerously hot for hours and hours.
“The kids were running around playing when Will suddenly screamed. As a parent this is the worst sound I have ever heard and it is a sound I will never forget. He pulled his foot out of the sand and his skin was peeling off his foot like molten wax.
“We realized the sand was hot and we were miles from anywhere without a first aid kit or anyone to help us. I ran carrying it to the car – by the time I got there I was drenched in sweat. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, but I saw Will’s foot… I guess the adrenaline just kicked in.
Claire drove Will to a nearby hospital about 30 minutes from the beach before being taken to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. From there, the recovery process was slow, initially spending nine days and eight nights in the hospital unable to have visitors other than her mother and in great pain.
Will leaned on a wheelchair at first, then progressed to a walker and crutches and was finally able to walk unaided again. But he still has to take care of his feet – wearing compression socks 23 hours a day and a splint at night, moisturizing his skin, and massaging the skin to reduce lumps in the scar tissue.
“He also attended the Burns Camp at the hospital which he really liked. It’s a camp they have every summer, but this time it was virtual, and he thought it was incredible. Hope he can experience one in real life this year.
It was the Burns Camp and his treatment at the hospital that inspired Will and the Tylers to raise money for the charity of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Will has set himself an “8-day challenge in June,” with money for pediatric burn and plastic surgery and burn camp.
All around the number eight, to represent the eight days he spent in the hospital, Will will participate in what follows….
June 1 – 8 km walk to Formby Beach
June 3 – 8 km paddle boarding in the Mersey River
June 9 – eight friends will shave their heads in 8 minutes And on dates to be confirmed… ..
Eight random acts of kindness
Bake an eight-tier cake for all staff in the Burn Unit, with a little help from Granny
An eight-minute ice bath
Eight Food Taste Challenge
Eight nights of sleeping
In addition, Toby’s family and school, Great Moor Community Infant School, where Toby is a teacher, will participate in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity Be Seen in Green… or Blue Day. This event encourages people to dress in green for the hospital, blue for the NHS or a mixture of the two and donate to the association.
Will said, “As well as fundraising, I really want to raise awareness of the dangers of barbecuing on the sand. We had no idea how hot the sand would get or stay hot for that long.