A female patient in Florida was rushed to an Alabama burn center after her face caught fire during a routine surgery.
Kim Grice was having cysts removed from her head at an outpatient surgery center in Cestview, Florida when a sudden flash engulfed her face.
Crestview Fire Department Chief Joseph Traylor told ABC News:
“A flash fire is basically a fire that flashes up and then goes out … The fire was already out when our staff arrived.”
The 29-year-old mother of three was treated at the North Okaloosa Medical Center and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
According to one expert surgery equipment can sometimes heat to the point where a fire is started, most often when laser tools heat up and a fire is fueled by alcohol, surgical drapes and oxygen.
This past October the U.S. Food and Drug Administration started an initiative to stop surgical fires through increased awareness and the promotion of better reduction practices.
Speaking to the Crestview News Bulletin Grice’s mom Ann noted:
“I am in shock. This is not what happens with a routine outpatient surgery.”
Ann went on to state:
“She had headaches and the doctor was going to remove three cysts and biopsy them but something went bad wrong and my daughter is now in a burn unit with burn specialists and I still do not know what happened. No one will tell me why or how this happened to her.”
Grice is said to be in stable condition and recovering from the burns she received.
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