Nine year old burn victim Joey Giscombe returned home late in the evening on Sunday, Aug. 18.
Joey is the son of Jennifer Glass and attends the Carrier Mills-Stonefort Grade School.
After receiving treatment at the St. John's Mercy hospital burn unit since being transported there last Thursday night, Giscombe’s condition had improved to the point that he could begin recovery at home. Joey's next visit to the hospital is scheduled for this coming Monday at which time his injuries will be reevaluated and a schedule of treatment can be determined.
Giscombe’s mother, Jennifer is overwhelmed by the experience and is just thankful that her son was not injured more severely in the incident in which he was injured by burning gasoline splashed on his legs while playing with a 7-year-old neighbor. Jennifer states that Giscombe is beginning to exhibit symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.
“He will be OK and then suddenly angry or sad and then OK again,” Jennifer stated adding, “It's really been hard on him, the whole experience, he is having nightmares all the time now.”
When asked about the accident Giscombe said, “I dropped to the ground and rolled to try and put the fire out. It didn't work and I ran into the house on fire, the grandfather put the fire out and wrapped my legs in a towel.”
Jennifer is very surprised and extremely grateful at the level of support for her family that is being generated by the community and indeed the whole area. Carrier Mills resident, Veronica Parks has organized a spaghetti dinner benefit with a raffle of gift baskets to be held 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Carrier Mills Municipal Building.
Another Carrier Mills resident, Eric Fodor, has organized a bank account through the Bank of Marion for donations to Giscombe and his family. The Joey Giscombe Donation Fund can be contributed to at any branch of the Bank of Marion.
“People have been so kind and helpful,” Jennifer said. “From the staff at the hospital to all the local people who are organizing the events and praying for Joey, I am so very grateful to everyone for their help and concern!”
Depending on the results of his next hospital visit, Giscombe may be returning to school in the near future. He may need skin-grafts for his burns and will certainly require psychiatric counseling to recover from the trauma of the incident. When asked if he were looking forward to going back to school, Joey replied quickly, “No!” but his shy smile of pleasure showed his true feelings on the subject.