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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:36 PM
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FDA OK's Gwinnett Boy's Burn Treatment
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 05:37 PM by RamboLiberal
Source: Fox 5

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Gwinnett County boy who was severely burned while playing with fire and gasoline will soon be able to get a special medical treatment that had been blocked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Alfred Real's family said they were overjoyed Tuesday by the FDA's recent decision to allow doctors to move forward with special medical treatment, which they said was vital to the child's recovery.

"We got the news about two o'clock yesterday afternoon that they had reversed their decision. We were just ecstatic," said Real's aunt, Endsley Real.

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The FDA initially denied doctors' request to use a cultured skin procedure used to treat Alfred's severe burns. The procedure uses a patient's own healthy skin to grow more in a lab.

"It means a shorter recovery time, with a greater chance for success. It means they can get his body covered with skin in a much quicker time," said Real.



Read more: http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/fda-oks-gwinnett-b...



Related to earlier LBN story when FDA was denying the treatment. http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:39 PM
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1. Poor kid... a parent's worst nightmare
I think most kids have at least a momentary curiosity about fire, matches, gasoline..... I hope he does well.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:42 PM
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2. I know a boy who had similar happen to him
He's had a tough row to hoe now for the past several years. If this treatment in any way makes that less horrific for this boy, I'm very pleased to see this.
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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:48 PM
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3. Maybe. There are no guarantees with compassionate accelerated treatment.
That's cloning, and those skin cells could age much faster than 'natural' cells, just like Dolly the cloned sheep aged more quickly. There could be real problems with this treatment down the road.

And where the hell were his parents? What the hell was he doing 'playing with fire and gasoline'???
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:59 PM
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4. Here we go with DU's parents are idiots thread
You can't be hanging over an 8 year old all day. Kids do dumb things. Kids are fascinated by fire. Stuff happens.

Some of us forget what it was like to be 8. Some of us forget the stupid stuff we did. And if we didn't we must have had awful clinging parents.

I was 8 once. I did stupid stuff. I played with fire(candles & matches). My parents didn't have a clue. I was lucky and never set the house or myself on fire. And I was lucky and survived my childhood.
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