December 9, 2013
57 people admitted to emergency rooms with fireworks burns
At least 57 people were admitted in several hospitals across the capital city after suffering fireworks burns or damage to their eyes during the Christmas Eve celebrations. The number of victims has slightly decreased compared with 2011.
The strong anti-fireworks campaign, the extreme weather and the storm registered early in the morning seem to have contributed to a lesser amount of fireworks this Christmas celebrations.
A total of 19 people were admitted in the Hospital de Quemados for burn victims, fifty percent less than last year.
The most serious patient is a 14-year-old boy who suffered burns in 35 percent of his body after the t-shirt he was wearing while playing with fireworks caught fire.
Emergency room doctor Miriam Miño stated that “last year, 40 patients had already been admitted at the emergency room after 2 am.”
The Lagleyse eye hospital registered a total of 11 people who had sustained lesions to their eyes, an amount that was “way below what we saw in 2011,” said doctor Guillermo Gómez, who was present at the emergency room.
From all of the patients being treated for burns, only two remain in serious condition: a 9-year-old boy and a 25-year-old woman.