It was an erev Shabbat pretty much like any other erev Shabbat. And then suddenly . . . it wasn’t. I saw it happening before it actually happened, but I couldn’t do anything to stop it. A pot of boiling water that was sitting on the fire suddenly fell off the stove and landed right on top of my sweet, precious Moishe. We all screamed and my neighbors on either side came running to see if we needed help. We grabbed Moishe and put him straight into the bathtub. My husband, who is normally the calmest person I know, was in a panic. Out sweet son was screaming and screaming and screaming!
We put Moishe in the car and drove him straight to the hospital. He screamed and pulled at his skin. I drove while my husband sat with him and tried to soothe him and keep him from pulling on the burns. He screamed in the emergency room, he screamed while they treated him and admitted him to the hospital. For 2 hours he screamed. “Water fall on me! Get big Boo Boo! Hurt me a lot! I don’t like this!”
Thankfully the doctors did not mention that burns are one of the top causes of death among children. As it was, I was able to be confident that Moishe would get the best care possible.
Later, we found out that while Moishe’s burns were not life threatening, they were serious. He had a mixture of first, second and third degree burns on the right side of his face, back, shoulder, chest and hand.
We were very, very lucky with Moishe’s outcome and the extent of his injuries. Thank G-d Moishe didn’t need a skin graft, but unfortunately, not all children are as fortunate.
I am writing this story in hopes that you will understand the serious nature of a burn. A burn can happen to any person in any family at any moment. It is a traumatic situation that can, G-d forbid, cause a crises of faith, the breakdown of the family unit, serious financial burdens, serious scarring, or even death. The Chaya Malka Burn Foundation helps families to receive emotional, spiritual, physical and financial support in order to ease the hardships faced by families with burns. Sometimes help from an outside source who has been there before is what is necessary to withstand life’s tests and come out stronger.