Curiosity got the better of Molly Brand on a Monday afternoon in April as her sister got home from school. Molly, then 15 months old, and her brother, Bennett, 3, played in the living room as Evelyn, 7, arrived. Hogan, the family Yorkie, scurried around them. Molly’s mom, Tricia, greeted her oldest daughter as she chatted with her father-in-law. Amid the bustle, Molly spotted a mug atop a counter. “Seconds seemed like hours,” her mother recalled. “I saw her reaching for the water. I reached her, but I wasn’t fast enough.” Hot water washed over Molly’s left side as the mug tumbled to the floor. A similar scene plays out in the region about once a day – but the aftermath has changed for most of the children who are burned, thanks to a new amniotic cell treatment that works faster and more efficiently than traditional skin grafting. “I haven’t done a split-thickness skin graft in two years,” said Dr. Kathryn Bass, a pediatric surgeon and head of the trauma department at Oishei Children’s Hospital. “Tissue regeneration – understanding stem cell biology – opens up a whole new world of medicine.” Bass, also a clinical associate professor in the University at… Read full this story
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