Child sustains scalding burns on back

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The air surveillance unit of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública completed a medical evacuation for a five-year-old child who sustained severe burns on his body.

The ambulance flight occurred Monday morning when a call came in requesting immediate assistance from the Bribri people in Talamanca de Limón, according to officials with the security ministry. The child was transferred to San José’s Hospital Nacional de Niños.

According to a report provided by the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea, the patient had severe burns on his back and glutes as a result of getting scalded with boiling water at his home. The child was apparently sent to a local doctor prior to being put in the police helicopter.

Once in the capital, the child and his mother were met by the trauma unit attached to the hospital and the Unidad de soporte de Bomberos, the ministry said. He remains in treatment and apparently stable.

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