Burn Victims of Mexican Day Care to be Treated in California
The death toll now stands at 41, and at least a dozen more of the children are in grave condition.
The Shriners Hospital is now treating two toddlers, both are listed in critical condition and will "require multiple sessions of skin grafting."
Shriners officials said Sunday they could handle several more burned children if necessary.
The Sacramento hospital is a regional pediatric burn center serving the western United States, Canada and Mexico. The hospital will provide free treatment, support services and housing for the children and accompanying family members, officials said.
More is being learned today about the deadly fire that tore through a Mexican daycare yesterday. The death toll has now reached 35, but there were about 142 children inside the facilities at the time of the blaze. At least 41 other children now have burns to up to 80% of their bodies.
The Shriner's Hospital for Children in Sacramento is welcoming some of these children today.
"We are responding and accepting patients who were injured,” hospital spokeswoman Catherine Curran said. She could not say how many children would arrive or when.
Dr. Tina Palmieri, assistant chief of burns for the hospital, said the survivability rate in such cases is about 50 percent.
Shriners Hospitals is a health care system that gives children free treatment for burns, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic conditions, and cleft lip and palate problems, according to its Web site. It admits children under 18.
Officials are still investigating.