BOSTON (WHDH) - Two severely burned children from war-torn Ukraine have arrived in Boston for specialized surgeries and treatment.
The children were transported by air ambulance and they arrived late Wednesday at Shriners Children’s Boston, hospital officials said.
A 2-year-old girl from Kyiv and a 17-month-old boy from the country’s western region both suffered burns from boiling water after explosions caused the water to spill, according to doctors.
“Due to the current state of affairs in Ukraine, the country’s medical infrastructure is understandably challenged,” John McCabe, executive vice president of the Shriners Children’s healthcare system, said in a statement. “We are uniquely positioned to help these children from Ukraine, because our physicians, nurses and therapists have extensive experience in providing care for children who suffer life-threatening burn injuries, including in natural disaster or other urgent situations. Our team members are using the most current research–based treatments in pediatric burn care.”
It’s not clear how long the children will be in Boston for because doctors say the healing process will be lengthy.
One parent was able to accompany each child and they are staying in free housing near the hospital.
Shriners Children’s has a long history of providing urgent and consistent care to the children of Ukraine, thanks to relationships with trusted humanitarian and government organizations.
The hospital is home to the only verified pediatric burn center in New England.
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