Jorja

Jorja was 19-months-old when she reached for a hot cup of tea and it spilt down her neck and chest.

Jorja was 19-months-old when she reached for a hot cup of tea and it spilt down her neck and chest.

She was rushed by ambulance to the Burns Unit at Kidz First Hospital for the first of several operations and a series of steroid injections to reduce scarring from her third-degree burns.

Her mother Louise recalls that the day her bandages came off she thought that Jorja looked like a patchwork quilt. She will need further surgery to remove thickened scar tissue in the future. This is used to reduce burns scarring by up to 30%. Seventy per cent of children hospitalised for burns are under three-years-old.

Jorja’s parents are not too sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but they are doing all they can, with the help of Cure Kids, to make sure she is a confident girl who won’t let her scars affect her goals in life.

Jorja loves fashion, doing craft, playing netball and is doing really well at swimming.

“When you have kids you never know what will happen to them and to have a group of people there to help and make a difference means a lot to us as parents,” says Jorja’s dad Pete.

Cure Kids helped fund research that enables skin grafts the size of a postage stamp to be grown into a metre of skin.

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