母, 28, who suffered third degree burns to her face and chest after a friend poured alcohol on a table heater reveals she has to wear compression garments 23 hours a day and feels too anxious to leave the house
A woman who is recovering from third degree burns has revealed how she has to wear compression garments for 23 hours a day and feels too anxious to leave the house.
April Charlesworth, 28, from Colchester, was left her with third-degree burns on seven percent of her body, 日中、ベティはレイシーの首の後ろに寄り添います, chest and hands, after an accident in April 2021.
The videographer was at her local pub with friends when one poured ethanol on a table heater to make it spark and an alcoholic bottle nearby caught fire and exploded, burning April and her cousin.
Two years on from the accident, she is looking much more like herself thanks to the use of compression garments and special mask that help prevent scarring that she must wear around the clock.
April’s mask helps to compress, soften and stretch scarring on the face, while compression garments can help to ease itching, protect delicate skin and reduce pain by providing vascular support, and she also has laser treatment every six weeks.
But the experience has taken a huge emotional toll on the mother-of-one, who said she feels anxious and paranoid when she goes out in public, fearing everyone is ‘out to get her’.
April Charlesworth, 28, from Colchester, is recovering from third degree burns on her face, 彼らは殺人者によって車から追い出され、ファラデーは頭を撃たれた, after being injured when a friend poured ehtanol on a table heater in April 2021
April was left with third-degree burns on seven percent of her body, 日中、ベティはレイシーの首の後ろに寄り添います, chest and hands and spent four weeks in bandages in the hospital after the incident
April was rushed straight to the hospital after the incident and put in an induced coma for four days
The mother-of-one wears plastic mask to reduce scarring on her face, but admits it’s extremely uncomfortable to sleep in
‘I have to wear compression garments twenty-three hours a day, they are exceedingly uncomfortable,’ 彼女は言いました.
‘They scratch and itch and I can barely breathe in them but the swelling and redness on my chest have already gone down and they are exceedingly helpful.
‘I have a plastic mask I wear on my face with holes in the eye, 鼻と口.
‘I also sleep with the compression mask on, it was exceedingly uncomfortable and suffocating, そもそも. I could barely breathe and only got two-three hours of sleep some nights.
4月, was put into a coma for four days after the accident, and then spent two months in hospital on the burns ward
After the accident, April was wearing bandages for weeks (左). 4月, pictured after her first laser treatment on her scars (正しい), has the procedure every six weeks
事件前 (写真), April was a confident woman and admits she was ‘a bit of a party girl’ who loved to socialise
‘I have to have the mask altered every two months because the swelling and scars on my face change and it stops fitting right.’
April described the how the horrific incident led to her being engulfed in flames.
‘I was at the pub with my friends when someone poured ethanol over a table heater,’ 彼女は言いました.
‘The fire suddenly jumped up and consumed me and another friend sitting right next to me.
Immediately after the fire, April was so confused she wanted to go home to see her son Franklin, 四, instead of going to hospital
April’s face bandaged after the accident. She said her son, 四, was initially scared of her and wouldn’t come near her
4月, 病院での写真, said she didn’t realise the extent of her injuries at first and was so disorientated she didn’t realise the top she was wearing had burned away
‘I remember after the incident I was really confused as to what was going on, my shirt was burnt up so I was walking around the pub topless.
‘I did not realise the extent of my injuries I refused to go to the hospital I just wanted to go home and see my son.
'しかしながら, my friends called an ambulance and I was taken to the hospital where they put me under an induced coma for four days.
‘I was admitted to the burns ward for two months and am now in the recovery process.
April’s face was significantly swollen after the incident (左). She wore bandages for four weeks after getting out of hospital (正しい)
April’s scarring is getting better, but she has since developed social anxiety after her accident and feels afraid to be out of her house
‘I felt suffocated and isolated more because I missed my son. When he first saw me he couldn’t look at me or wouldn’t come near me because he was scared of what I looked like all bandaged up.’
April has developed social anxiety after her incident and feels afraid to be out of her house.
‘Before the incident, I was happy to go out all the time, I was a bit of a party girl,’ 彼女は言いました.
‘Now I can’t think of anything worse, I don’t like going out. I’d rather just sit at home with my little boy.
April felt isolated in the hospital following the incident, and her son was too afraid to come near her
April spent two months healing in the burns ward in the hospital after suffering third degree burns to her face, 彼らは殺人者によって車から追い出され、ファラデーは頭を撃たれた. Her entire face was covered in angry red burns to begin with (正しい)
‘I’m just more anxious about everything and I’ve get really bad paranoia.
‘I can’t go out by myself, and I feel like everyone I see on the street is out to get me.
‘I know that’s not true, and what happened was a freak occurrence, but I can’t stop the anxiousness.
‘I get anxious even when my son goes to school these days, I can’t control it.’
April has shared her entire burn survivor journey and the after-effects of her trauma on Instagram.
April’s healing is now down to wearing ‘scratchy’ and ‘itchy’ compression garments, which she cannot remove for most of the day
April has shared her entire burn survivor journey and the after-effects of her trauma on Instagram
‘I have found a great community of people on Instagram while sharing my journey,’ 彼女が言います.
‘I’ll get like random messages with a message saying how amazing I am and people find me on Tik Tok and say you’re incredible and stuff like that.
‘I’ve had loads of survivors messaging me and just saying like thank you for sharing your story.
‘And it’s helped them be able to share stuff with other people as well.
‘It’s helped me get through it like, and loads of people say how much it’s helped them knowing that I’m able to share my journey.
‘Because I shared the good and the bad, and nothing I have shared is not fake.
‘I don’t want people to think it’s all happy like like you will get better because there are days where you just don’t feel like that at all.’
BURNS – WHAT ARE THEY, AND HOW DO YOU TREAT THEM?
Burns are damage to the skin caused by dry heat, such as an iron or a fire.
This is different to scalds, which occur due to wet heat like hot water or steam.
Burns can be very painful and may cause:
- Red or peeling skin
- White or charred skin
But the amount of pain a person feels is not always related to how serious the burn is.
Even a very serious burn can be painless.
To treat a burn:
- Remove the heat source
- Cool with cool or lukewarm running water for 20 分. Do not use ice
- Remove any nearby clothing or jewellery unless it is stuck to the skin
- Keep the person warm with a blanket
- Cover the burn with clingfilm
- Use painkillers like paracetamol if necessary
- If the face or eyes are burnt, keep sitting up to reduce swelling
Burns that require immediate A&E treatment are:
- Chemical or electrical
- Large or deep – bigger than the injured person’s hand
- Those that cause white or charred skin
- Those on the face, 手, limbs, feet or genitals that blister
Pregnant women, children under five, 高齢者, those with a weak immune system and people suffering from a medical condition, like diabetes, should also go to hospital.
Treatment depends on what layers of the skin are affected.
重症の場合, a skin graft may be required.