Laura Elder and Chad Greene with the Galveston County Daily News collaborated on a great page 1 feature about a survivor of the 2005 BP explosion in Texas City, and of our Blocker Burn Unit. It’s a great overview of UTMB’s program, one of the world’s best. The article also addresses some of the physical challenges presented by burns to its victims, and talks about the progress that’s been made in the last few decades in burn care and survival, lots of it done at UTMB and Shriners by the faculty and researchers we share.
The article talks about Eva Rowe, a young woman who lost her parents in the same explosion that injured the subject of the GCDN feature. Part of the settlement with Eva led to a $12.5 million donation from BP to support work and research in the Blocker Burns Unit, with a matching gift opportunity to raise another $4 million. Eva will be on campus tomorrow to meet with UTMB leadership and visit the unit.