Burn survivor Autumn Hamilton

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Created April 29, 2018
Autumn Hamilton, 16 years old, of Lombard, IL, was an unfortunate burn victim in the Glendale Heights bonfire accident on April 28, 2018.


Autumn is currently at Loyola Medical Center Burn Unit on life support. She sustained 3rd degree burns to the majority of her body, especially to her face. Doctors have her in a medically induced coma. She has undergone multiple surgeries so far to relieve pressure in her face and arms. 

Autumn has has a long road ahead of her! She will require countless surgeries, facial reconstruction, therapy, rehabilitation, etc.

Please help support her and her family so she can get the treatment she desperately needs. 29519610_15250508460_r.jpeg
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Surgery #8 AutumnStrong Update June 20, 2018
Journal entry by Dahlia OConnor — 16 hours ago

After a 6-hour long surgery that had Dr. Vandevender and his surgical team working late into Tuesday evening, Autumn is resting and recovering in her room.

Autumn had skin grafts (most of them autologous- healthy skin from her body) applied to several areas of her body including her nose, under her eyes, the back of her neck, the tops and bottom of her hands and each finger. The individual fingers were also splinted to minimize flexing or movement while the skin heals.

Unfortunately, Autumn lost her left ear but she still has the ability to hear. Dr. Vandevender did mention that the repair process on her ear will be done in the future.

The week ahead will see plenty of time dedicated to rest and recovery for Autumn. As a close family friend so eloquently wrote- "She is an inspiration to all who have had the honor of following her courageous story."

We hope that everyone can use the strength and inspiration that Autumn has shown all of us to continue sending the entire Hamilton family support and prayers. Thank you everyone!
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Update Sunday June 17, 2018 - Surgery Rescheduled
Journal entry by Dahlia OConnor — 14 hours ago

Good evening Autumn supporters! We wanted to let everyone know that Autumn's fever broke yesterday and is scheduled for surgery tomorrow at 5pm.

The surgery that was originally arranged for this past Thursday, will target the skin grafts and work needed for her hands and fingers.

Autumn had an abundance of visitors yesterday. Family and friends played her music, read to her and comforted her by rubbing her arms (still covered with bandages)and her legs like they often do.

Autumn is still improving and some of the bandages were removed from her face. We were able to get a glimpse of some of the facial features of our beautiful fighter. Some of the nurses that perform her physical therapy sessions have the ability to read lips. While Autumn is most often strongly medicated to be kept in a resting condition for her own safety and comfort, Autumn was able to mouth some simple words to the nurses a few times during therapy.

We are all incredibly grateful to everyone that has kept Autumn and the Hamilton's in their prayers. Please keep the love coming as Autumn continues to improve everyday! Thank you!
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#Autumn Strong Update June 15, 2018
Journal entry by Dahlia OConnor — 21 hours ago

The updates have not been as frequent but most of that is due to a lot of resting and healing for Autumn. Her legendary-like strength and fight has never been more evident!

Autumn was scheduled to have surgery yesterday, Thursday June 14th, but due to a fever the surgery was canceled. The surgeons had planned to tend to Autumn's hands. Currently, the surgery has not been rescheduled but it appears that her hands are ready for autografts- skin graft of her own skin from another location on her body.

For her own safety, Autumn remains in a medically induced coma. Despite that, the nurses have their hands full on a daily basis as Autumn does her best to get out of her bed. Each day the therapists work through a series of exercises with Autumn to build her strength in her arms and legs. Some of the exercises even allow Autumn to stand-up out of bed.

On this past Tuesday, Autumn's sister Brooke was at her side to support her during a therapy session. When Autumn heard Brooke's voice, she extended her bandaged arms and embraced Brooke with a hug.

We are very blessed and thankful for all of those who have taken the time to visit Autumn and her family at the hospital. We want to make special mention to Grandma Rosa who has visited and read to Autumn every night for 7 weeks! I know that Jackie and Dave really love the visits and appreciate the support.

Whether you have done it in person or from afar, please know that prayers are powerful and are working too! Autumn is nothing shy of a miracle and God is healing her and continues to strengthen her physically and spiritually.

The doctors had an opportunity to look at the skin grafts on Autumn's arms and legs and they were very happy with the adherence of the skin to her body and the overall healing.

Finally, we want to mention that we had the privilege of meeting with the organizers of Love of Lee. This organization is leading the charge with a series of fundraisers to support the Hamiltons and raise money to alleviate medical expenses. The first fundraiser is July 21st at 5:00pm at St. Leonard 3318 Clarence Berwyn, IL. Please join us if possible!

Thank you very much to everyone for their prayers, love and support! More updates to come soon.
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Surgery #7 ~ STRENGTH ~ #AutumnStrong
Journal entry by Stacy Krisch — 17 minutes ago

As a loved one wrote to Jackie earlier this evening ~ Autumn shows her strength, determination and healing everyday! She is truly our hero!

Surgery #7 was a long one - 5 hours of actual surgical time and longer for those of us anxiously awaiting hourly updates from the skilled surgical team. Autumn was STRONG throughout her longest surgery yet. Lots of information to share with you tonight. We ask you all to continue to concentrate on the positives, and help us embrace the challenges Autumn is facing along the way.

The first Dr. we met with post op was Dr. Agnew - the Hand Specialist. As we alluded to earlier last month, there has always been a concern over the extent of Autumn's injuries to her hands. The doctors were waiting for the full extent of Autumn's injuries to surface before performing any permanent changes. Unfortunately today, Dr. Agnew made the decision to remove the tips of all 8 of Autumn's fingers, and slight removal of the tips of both of her thumbs. First hearing this news brought upon sad emotion. But after meeting with the Dr. the family was reassured that although Autumn will have limited fine motor skills in all of her fingers moving forward, she will still have use of both of her hands. Dr. Agnew was pleased with the fact that Autumn has a great deal of viable, healthy tissue remaining on the rest of her fingers and hands, and hopes that this will be the extent of her loss. Sometime within the next 10 days, she will begin the process of regrafting Autumn's hands. She said this procedure will take a great deal of time and will probably be completed in multiple stages.

The second Dr. in the operating room today was her plastic surgeon, Dr. Vandevender. David and Jackie initially were under the impression that he was strictly focusing on her eyelids and bridge of her nose, but upon inspecting the previous homographs (temporary skin grafts) performed last week, Dr. Vandevender determined that Autumn was ready for her first facial autografting (her own skin) today. He was able to take skin from Autumn's donor sites and perform the needed autografts on her forehead, eyes, cheeks, mouth, chin and upper neck. He said her nose was not ready to be grafted and we could expect that surgery to be in the next few weeks. Overall, today was a great success because the Doctors' goal is to get all of Autumn's autografts completed which will allow her to continue to progress towards healing and recovery. As excited as the family was to hear the extent of the areas Dr. Vandevender was able to address, he was quick to remind us that today was the first of many surgeries to come for Autumn over the next several years.

The next week should be quiet for Autumn. She will be kept more heavily sedated for the next several days, and therapies will be kept to a minimum in order to allow all of the autografts time to adhere and begin to heal. We were left with hope today that Autumn is receiving the best care possible, but also with the realization that she will have many obstacles to overcome along her journey to recovery. Autumn is a SURVIVOR and continues to face every obstacle before her head on. She is a fighter with a spirit like no other.

Please continue to pray for Jackie, David, Brooke and Autumn. May god hold them in the palm of his hand during this time.
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