An 11-year-old Oregon cancer survivor caught fire in her hospital bed after cleaning a table with alcohol hand sanitizer – which may have generated enough static electricity to set her t-shirt ablaze.
Ireland Lane suffered third degree burns to her chest, neck, arms and earlobes after the freak accident at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland on February 2.
Her Navy veteran dad Stephen, who had been asleep in the room, said he chased her into the hallway and smothered the flames using his own body.
State investigators have not yet confirmed the cause of the blaze, but Stephen believes it was static generated by the handwash Ireland was using to clean a table fitted over her bed.
Wow, can you imagine being a parent and watching your child burn?
“She still has bad dreams, but she doesn’t recall the actual incident, which from my perspective is very good,” Stephen told The Oregonian.
The incident came at the end of Ireland’s hospital stay after she hit her head at school and lost consciousness.
It also followed an intense six years in which she has beaten kidney cancer twice since 2007.
Avagard D, the hand sanitizer blamed for the blaze, is 61 per cent alcohol and comes with warning that it should not be used near a flame.
You smell that? Smells like…lawsuits and mula.
A spokesman for manufacturers 3M defended its safety.
But Mark Bruley, hospital fire investigator for the Pennsylvania non-profit ECRI Institute, said hand sanitizer could catch alight with a “surprisingly small” amount of static electricity.
And he speculated the fire could have been caused by Ireland using a lot of the fluid and then wiping her hands on her t-shirt.
Ireland has undergone one skin graft and will have a second on Thursday.
SMH @ these corporate azzholes who defend their products when people are severely injured by them.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Ireland and the Lane family, sounds like they have suffered plenty.
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