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Burns patient gives thanks to nursing staff

Becky (right) with Ann Sanderson, the burns physiotherapist who took the lead in Becky’s care. A 17 year old girl from Leeds has thanked the nursing staff at Pinderfields Hospital who helped her recovery by raising money for their charity.

Rebecca (Becky) Brown, who less than a year ago suffered fifty percent burns to her body in a house fire, completed the Leeds Half Marathon raising over £1000 for the MY Burns Club and Children’s Regional Burns Unit at the hospital.

“I really wanted to do something to show how much I appreciate the nursing staff at the hospital,” said Becky who spent over four months in Pinderfields. “I had several operations which saved my life and I am so grateful to everyone for that.”

The devastating house fire took hold of the family home last summer and left other family members with minor injuries.

After a month on the Intensive Care Unit, Becky was transferred to the Children’s Regional Burns Unit, where the team began the process of rehabilitation and recovery with her. This involved everything, from helping her to sit up unaided to learning how to deal with the emotional and psychological effects of her injuries.

“The biggest thing at first was the pain,” continued Becky, “everything really hurt and when they were encouraging me to do things I didn’t want to do them because of the pain but I knew I had to if I wanted to get better”.

“Ann, my physio, was great though. She never gave up on me, even when it took about an hour for me to get out of bed for the first time. The support from her and everyone here has been amazing; I really couldn’t have got through it without them.”

Ann Sanderson is a specialist burns physiotherapist at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, she led the physio care that Becky was given. “We worked with Becky to regain her mobility – it took eight weeks before she could get herself out of bed - and build up her independence. I’m so proud of how she coped with her injuries, her positivity has amazed the team”.

“Not only have we seen the physical improvements in Becky but we have also seen emotional ones. She is very accepting of her scars and has a very positive attitude to life. The fact that she has now run a half marathon is fantastic.”

The money that Becky has raised will go towards allowing other children with burn injuries the opportunity to attend the burn camps run by the Trust. The camps provide an opportunity for young people who have suffered burn injuries, to take part in a range of activities, meet others, share experiences and improve self-esteem. The funds will also provide equipment for the ward to improve patient care.

Despite working towards her gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, it was the first time that Becky has attempted a half marathon and she is very proud of her achievement. Once her wounds are fully healed she is looking forward to getting back to her competitive swimming.