Frenchay Hospital burns patients highly commended in bravery awards

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Two Frenchay Hospital patients who suffered life-threatening burns as babies have been given national bravery awards for overcoming their injuries.

Kieran Shilston, 16, and Logan Adams, 5, were both given highly commended in the Stagecoach Theatre Arts Award for Bravery.

Along with their families, Kieran and Logan visited the House of Commons for a special reception hosted by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP on November 9.

The awards recognise children and young people who have faced adversity, demonstrated bravery, shown courage or have cared for others.

They were presented with their awards by Alison Tweddle from the Children's Burns Trust.

Kieran and Logan were given life-saving treatment at Frenchay Hospital’s Barbara Russell Children’s Unit which has now been designated as the South West UK Paediatric Burn Service.

Amber Young, clinical lead for Specialised Paediatrics at Frenchay, said: “It is wonderful to see Kieran and Logan doing so well after their injuries and this is a real testament to the care and support from their families and the burns team at Frenchay.

“These awards recognise the huge strides they have made to overcome their burns.”

Kieran’s story

Kieran has endured more than 45 operations after falling into a bath of boiling hot water at just eight months old.

He suffered 60 per cent burns across his body and was rushed to Frenchay Hospital where doctors arranged for a special artificial skin to be flown over from America to treat him.

Now at 16 years old Kieran still faces countless operations ahead to allow his skin grafts to grow as he grows. 

Kieran, who lives in Sticklepath with his grandparents Janet and David and dad Kelvin, studies business and travel at Okehampton College.

He said: “It has always been hard work for me as I fell behind with school work because I was in hospital for weeks on end.

“But I would tell anyone that they have to work hard to get the grades they need to do well at school, and not to let it get you down.”

Kieran’s grandmother Janet Shilston said: “It has been awful for Kieran and for the family, sitting by his hospital bedside but Kieran is a very determined person with a big heart.

“The doctors and nurses at Frenchay through the years have always been marvellous to us and are very dedicated.”

Logan’s story

Five-year-old Logan Adams was rushed to Bristol’s Frenchay Hospital suffering severe burns when his pyjamas caught fire when he climbed on top of a cooker at home in Haydon Wick, Swindon, in May 2009.

He suffered 33 per cent burns across his body and endured nine hours of emergency surgery and skin grafts at the South West UK Paediatric Burn Service at Frenchay.

Logan spent the eight weeks in hospital where a team of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and play assistants helped him to recover.

Logan started school in September last year, just a few weeks after leaving hospital, and staff from Frenchay’s paediatric burns outreach team visited his school to ensure his after-care could continue.

Logan features in a video about the South West UK Burn Care Network at Frenchay Hospital.