for research into burn survivor psychosocial integration
articles and resources. In other words,
how well burn survivors participate as
contributing and healthy components of mankind. I
personally feel totally lacking with my contribution,
but then that probably is a rather normal feeling.
Time for any Woody
The following cover a broad array of burn issues.
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Burn Survivors Support Zone: For Victim, Family,
Support Online (very active burn survivor
forum site, and volumes of easy to understand
burn articles) [web site expired; was www.burnsupportonline.com]
Young Burn Survivors (excellent site)[not to be
confused with Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit
451's Salamanders, which were the fire trucks
that carried kerosene in place of water to burn any
and all books].
University: Burn Engine Burn Engine
is a website dedicated to advancing the practice
of burn survivor rehabilitation.
Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Inc.
Burn Talk -- dedicated to burn care, burn
prevention and community education.
Burn Topics: A Guide to Burn Survival
to Burnsurgery.org Web Site: Educating the Burn
Foundation, aka BurnSurvivor.org We are about
support, education, prevention, and motivation...the
non-medical, and more emotional side of burn care.
Burns Support Services: burn survivor support
group mentoring burn survivors [web site expired]
Survivors Throughout the World
Hurting Angels - Survivors Supporting Survivors
(the author was burned at a young age)
The following website is a good resource
for locating burn camps, support groups, etc.
Support Groups Database
Burn Survivor Web Sites -- People Doing Real
Alexis -- burned in 2007 she's now writing a book for burn survivors 
Dave Borowski, Flicker
of Hope Foundation [no updates since 2005]
Colclasure -- Writer and Poet, and she writes
O'Leary [web site expired] -- Owns a real estate company, and
on the side, a motivational speaker. Video
burned in a 1979 Boston hotel fire; today he
is majority owner of Viacom and CBS.
It should be noted that Redstone was well established
before being burned, but kicked his ambitions into
high gear after the burns.
Brent Runyon -- Cape Code newspaper reporter, and author of two fiction novels, and the non-fiction "The Burn Journals." Attempted suicide at age 14 by pouring gasoline over his body while standing in the bathtub, and then strikes a match igniting himself.
Tedder -- burn survivor, musician, yoga teacher, and radio DJ, Full Lotus Kirtan Show.
Webster, Attorney, Burn Survivors USA (practices
law in Iowa, and visibly shows burn scars)
Before the burns Richard was a radio DJ. Burn injury and general practice attorney. [My law practice focuses on general law and burn injuries as well.]
Books, Blogs, and other media:
to Butterflies by Susanne Gervay -- This is a
work of fiction about a young burn survivor.
Youth Literature as a Powerful Tool in Understanding
Disability," by Susanne Gervay, Disability
Studies Quarterly, Winter 2004, Volume 24, No.
1, 2004 [Copyright 2004 by the Society
for Disability Studies]. [web site expired]
Mze - Trial by Fire (a blog/journal kept by
her father since her accident in 2004) [web site expired]
Celebrity Burn Survivors (burn survivor
before becoming famous):
Nagra (actor: ER, Bend It Like Beckham) -- seven
years of age; visiable burns on thigh as a result
of pants catching fire while cooking.
Peterson (aka Elvira,
Mistress of the Dark; actor)--at age three
a pot of boiling water full of Easter eggs fell
over severely burning 35% of her body. She lost
most o fher hair and her eyelids were fussed.
"The costume's designed so that it's
strategically placed. All the good parts show...A
lot of things happen for a reason, and I have
this strange feeling that without being burned,
I don't think I would have been Elvira." (source:
Cassandra Peterson reflects on he career as campy
Mistress of the Dark)
Redman (actor) -- 18 months of age; burns
visiable on upper arm from a scalding accident.
Craig Spector (co-creator
of A Nightmare on Elm Street) -- at 10 months of
age pulled a pan of frying fried-chicken on his
head causing second and third degree burns to an
entire side of his face (from
an interview with Paul V. Warelin).
-- Burned as an Adult --
David Hall (actor, musician, radio DJ) --
burned at age 31 when a semi-truck crashed into
his car causing his fuel tank to explode. From
photos it does appear his head may have been
burned; his legs were amputated. Hall plays the
coroner on the television show CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation (Las Vegas).
Michael Jackson (recording artist; King of Pop) - head burned in 1984 from faulty pyrotechnics explosion while filming a Pepsi commercial. Jackson donated the settlement money to the Brotman Medical Center burn ward. The burn ward was renamed the Michael Jackson Burn Center. Unforetunetly, the burn unit was forced to close in 1987 due to lack of funds.
Robert Timberg (author, journalist, medically retired USMC) -- Currently, he is the dupty chief of the Baltimore Sun's Washington bureau, and he is the author of The Nightingale's Song and John McCain, An American Odyssey. Timberg was on a mission in South Vietnam when he was burned in an explosion: this from an interview in the Economist April 2008 edition, "...(It is a striking face, covered with scars from a fuel-tank explosion that nearly killed him in Vietnam.)..." I discovered Robert Timberg to be a burn survivor during Fox News' special on John McCain, but what really caught my eye was that he looked liked a burn victem but the several times he was shown it was quickly edited to another scene. I had to record the program and then freeze frame to get a good look. Very sad; says a lot about how the media thinks people are repulsed by such images. Charles Rose, however, interviewed Timberg on the Charlie Rose Show (the Timberg video section begins after the John McCain-Vietnam-Clinton section, it begins at 41:10, but the entire show is interesting and I suggest watching from the beginning; they discuss the Vietnam War (administration, draft, ending the war) to the events and characters of the Iran-Contra scam, to Ronald Reagan abandoning his men on the battlefield).
Famous Fictional Burn Survivors [are
there any that have not been villians?]
Stars Wars: Anakin
Skywalker, having recently
will soon don his trademark
mask after being consumed by
flames from searing heat from "liquid
hot magma" (all right,
a lava river, but it's more fun to say it like
Dr. Evil in Austin Powers) after being
defeatd in a lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan
Kenobi on the small planet of Mustafar. Vader
fatal burn injuries and lung damage, and
must wear his black
life support suit until his
of the Opera, 1925,
1943 and 2004: A violinist, or musical genius
depending on the adaption, with a disfigured
face uses a mask to hid the scars from an acid
burn, and terrorizes the Paris Opera House. From
Wikipedia, "The famous unmasking scene which
was said to have made
theater patrons scream and faint in 1925."
The 1925 silent movie can be downloaded in its
entirety, no copyright, at Google:
Phantom of the Opera Download or Internet
Archive (will open in a new window).
for Vendetta: V,
a terrorist, is the main character who had been
the subject of government experiments conducted
on prisoners of war. His burns are a mystery
though it is assumed they resulted from his escape
from the prison during an explosion and resulting
fire. He wears a papier mache mask and Batman-like
cape, which keeps his face and body covered at
all times (taylored after Guy
The Joker (Batman's primary nemisis)(acid
burns, which damaged his facial muscles causing
his insidious persistent smile)
Deadpool (2016 movie) Marvel character with disfigured face with burn like scars; personality overcomes disfigurement, and his girlfriend still loves him after the accident--in fact, she accepts him without question after being confronted with the disfigurement.
Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984: Freddy
Krueger--burned alive in a boiler room
after being released from prison. Krueger's ghost
is extremely disfigured with burn scars and spends
eternity haunting peoples dreams (nightmares)
terrorizing and killing.
In The Movies [one
time characters that no one remembers other than
they were burned and scarred, and painful to
English Patient, 1996 (Ralph
badly-burned plane crash victim recounts his
life to his nurse via flashbacks. He never recovers
from his injuries.
Man Without a Face, 1993 (Mel
Gibson)--a badly-disfigured recluse ex-school
teacher coaches a a bright but troubled student.
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