Children's Camp for Burn Victims


On the evening of January 10, 2018 Davyn had just finished having her bath and got a hot water bottle to cuddle up to and keep her warm in bed. Davyn was sitting on a stool holding the just filled hot water bottle on her lap, chatting with her older sister and Dad when the water bottle suddenly burst emptying the full contents of scalding hot water on her right thigh. Her screams are ones that as a Mom I hope to never hear again. I was upstairs helping our youngest daughter in the bath and hearing the blood curdling screams I ran downstairs to see my husband pulling her pyjamas off ... I was still trying to register what was happening and picked her up to console her and watched in horror as her thigh was bubbling and crinkling before my eyes.

We rushed her to the ER where she was immediately treated and given something for her pain. Davyn was diagnosed with a severe second degree burn scalding the complete right thigh - from just above her knee to her hip, complete top and both sides. We met with the plastic surgeon the following day and the days and weeks that followed were painful, traumatic and difficult for Davyn. For weeks our daily routine would consist of daily wound dressing changes with the nurses (until I was comfortable enough to do them on my own), plastic surgeon appointments and psychotherapy sessions to help her get her head around the trauma that she was thrown into. It took approximately three weeks before Davyn could even look at her leg. She would hold a stuffed animal tightly as the nurses gently peeled back the layers of wound dressing, crying as areas stuck or hurt and I would hold her hand, while holding back my tears reassuring her of her strength, courage and reinforcing that she could get through this moment.

Davyn has finally looked at the pictures that I was taking daily to measure her healing and progress. She held back on sharing any of this on social media until she herself could look at the pictures. Davyn was determined to do two things. One share her story so that anyone who uses these hot water bottles can be warned at their inability to contain the hot water and that they do indeed burst and could cause severe injuries. And two she wanted to raise money to support other children who have experienced trauma related burns. Davyn has set up a "Go Fund Me" account for Camp Bucko (BUrn Camp for Kids in Ontario) http://www.campbucko.ca . This camp is set up for children between the ages of 7-17 who have experienced burns of a serious nature. This camp is fully funded by donations and it is Davyn's desire to raise money so that children like herself can go to not feel alone, share their stories, ease their pain and continue their healing journeys with others who can relate to one another. Davyn herself will be attending camp BUCKO this upcoming summer. A light at the end of a very challenging tunnel for her.

We are happy to report that our last plastic surgeon appointment confirmed that Davyn will not need skin grafts or surgery. We are treating and tending to it daily still and won't know about scaring or permanent discolouration until down the line. The majority of her leg has healed beautifully, there are still some areas where the burn was deeper that are still quit damaged but we have faith in her bodies ability to keep healing itself.

Please feel free to share this with everyone and anyone who you know who uses hot water bottles. Davyn's first priority is to possibly prevent any further trauma in burns using these hot water bottles and second to raise funds for the camp. If you would like to support Davyn and her quest to raise money for children who have been burned, specifically for camp BUCKO Davyn (we) would be incredibly grateful for your thoughtfulness and contribution. We have provided the link below.

Thank you for liking, sharing and/or contributing to Davyn's cause. If only one other person is saved from a horrible burn from a hot water bottle Davyn's goal has been met.

From our home to yours, our warmest and dearest thank you.

WARNING: Graphic images of Davyn’s injuries provided.




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    • $50 
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    • $25 
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Tina Lackner 
Organizer
Kitchener, ON
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