STATEN ISLAND, NY – A girl seriously injured in the Guyana dormitory fire that killed 19 students is being treated for burns over 40% of her body at Northwell Health Regional Burn Center at Staten Island University Hospital’s Ocean Breeze, hospital officials said.
Most of the girls who died in a fire in Guyana were locked in a school dormitory after a student was angry that she had her mobile phone and deliberately set them on fire, a senior official has said. Associated Press earlier this week. Officials doused the fire hours later in the wood-and-concrete building after the girls were locked out overnight by the dorm manager to prevent them from leaving, the Associated Press reported.
The victim of the fire, a high school student, was taken to the SIUH Burn Center on Saturday, said Dr. Eric Sio Pena, vice president of the Northwell Center for International Health. Although he could not give the age of the student, Pena said the victims of the fire were generally between 12 and 17 years old.
We work closely with the Government of Guyana and the Government Hospital. [Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation] Where this girl was taken. We have had a beautiful relationship since the accident. Last week we deployed a team to coordinate ground operations. And we’ve been working with the Minister of Health to support them,” Pena said.
The center provides professional burn care and rehabilitation for the fire victim, who is still in critical but stable condition, “but is improving,” he said.
“When it was determined that this patient needed advanced burn care, it was an additional facility that we could assist with. So we offered to transfer this patient to the Staten Island Burn Center.”
“We have been in regular contact with the Government of Guyana to ensure that we are responding to their needs and that we are there to assist them in this sad and difficult time,” Pena added.
Additionally, a team from Northwell’s Traumatic Stress, Resilience and Recovery Center was dispatched to Mahdia, Guyana to assist the affected community.
As part of Guyana’s relief efforts, Northwell Health is using a crisis telemedicine platform designed for the war. Ukraine. Northwell Health is providing tele-psychiatry services to victims, families and community members in the affected region of Guyana.
Over the weekend, there was mourning in Richmond Hill, Queens — home to a large Guyanese population. 19 studentsAccording to Northwell Health.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.