Burn Survivors


Uploaded by KPBSSanDiego on 02.08.2012

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>> >>DWANE: CAMPERS FROM SAN DIEGO, THE INLAND EMPIRE AND ORANGE COUNTY MADE THEIR WAY TO
CORONADO. PART OF THE BURN INSTITUTE'S CAMP BEYOND THE
STARS PROGRAM. SOME OF THESE KIDS HAVE NEVER BEEN EXPOSED
TO SURFING, SAILING, OR EVEN KAYAKING BEFORE. MORE THAN 70 CAMPERS RANGING IN AGE FROM 5
TO 17 ARE HERE. IT'S ONE OF THE FEW CAMPS IN THE COUNTRY,
OFFERING KIDS SUPPORT AND A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT THEIR INJURIES AND WHAT THEIR THEY'RE
GOING THROUGH. >> >>: MAYBE THEIR FRIENDS DON'T KNOW HOW
TO REACT. >> >>DWANE: JESSICA HAS GROWN UP WITH THE
CAMP. THIS IS HER NINTH YEAR AFTER SUFFERING SEVERE
BURNS TO HER BACK WHEN SHE WAS JUST SEVEN YEARS OLD.
>> >>: WE WERE MAKING SOUP Y WAS TIRED SHE TOLD ME NOT TO GET DOWN Y DIDN'T LISTEN LIKE
A LITTLE KID DOESN'T USUALLY, AND I KNOCKED IT DOWN ALL OVER THE FLOOR AND I WAS PRETTY
MUCH TAKING A BATH IN IT. >> >>: MOST CAMPERS ARE INJURED THROUGH CUP
OF NOODLES OR PULL DOWN ACCIDENTS FROM STOVES. THE POOL WATER, SWIMMING POOL IS SOOTHING
FOR THEM, AND A BEAUTIFUL DAY AT THE BEACH IS GREAT FOR NEM.
>> >>DWANE: ARNIE GARCIA KNOWS WHAT IT'S LIKE TO GO THROUGH THE FIRE AND HAS THE SCARS TO
PROVE IT. BURNED ON BOTH LEGS TRYING TO PUT OUT A VEHICLE
FIRE. >> >>: I'VE BEEN DOING IT FOR 19 YEARS, I'M
A BURN SURVIVOR 29 YEARS. I WAS BURNED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AT SAN DIEGO
FIRE. TEN YEARS AFTER THE BURN Y FOUND THE BURN
INSTITUTE IN 1993, AND BECAME INVOLVED AS A COUNSELOR INITIALLY, AND THEN EVENTUALLY
A CAMP DIRECTER. >> >>DWANE: ALTHOUGH GARCIA IS A MENTOR, HE
SAYS IT'S A TWO WAY STREET. THE ROAD TO RECOVERING FROM A SEVERE BURN IS TOUGH, BUT SEEING THE
SMILE ON THEIR FACE DZ SPITE THE INJURY IS INSPIRATIONAL.
>> >>DWANE: AND WHEN UC FIRE FIGHTERS ON THE CORNER WITH A BOOT TRYING TO RAISE MONEY,
IT'S FOR CAMPS LIKE THESE. THE BURN INSTITUTE PUTS ON CAMP BEYOND THE
SCARS EVERY SUMMER IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY. CAPTIONS PROVIDED BY ECAPTIONS.