One More Thing To Worry About of the Day: 29-year-old Kim Grice undergoing routine cyst-removal surgery in Alabama when a flash-fire suddenly erupted on her face, causing her to sustain second-degree burns.
Worse still, the hospital has no idea what caused the fire.
“The doctors and the hospital are not telling us what happened,” said her uncle, Ted Grice. “hey said they had never seen anything like it before and they are terribly sorry that it happened.”
Grice was transported to the South Alabama Burn Unit in Mobile, Alabama, where she remains.
The North Okaloosa Medical Center, where the operation was being conducted, released a statement saying they were “conducting a thorough review to fully understand what happened in a deliberate effort to prevent such an event from occurring again.”
According to the Emergency Care Research Institute, some 550 surgical fires occur in the United States each year, 30 of which lead to serious injury. 1-2 result in fatalities. The oxygen-enriched environment of the operating room is most often to blame.