Boy, 7, badly burnt at family fondue

2015-01-16 09:26

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Johannesburg - A 7-year-old boy is on a ventilator in a Soweto hospital after suffering 45% burn wounds when firelighter gel exploded at a family fondue, Netwerk24 reported on Friday.

Arno van Greuenen, who would have started Grade 2 at Laerskool Voorwaarts in Meyerton, Vereeniging this week, was being kept under sedation and on a ventilation machine at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital.

A paramedic who treated him said Arno had suffered burn wounds to the hands, stomach, arms, chest and face.

The firelighter gel exploded in the hands of his father, Schalk, who was busy lighting a flame for the family to enjoy a fondue meal at the weekend.

Arno walked past his dad when the gel exploded.

His father also suffered burn wounds to the hand and face.

Arno's mother, Bernadine van Greunen, said her son underwent an operation on Wednesday and was expected to get another skin transplant on Friday.

In December 2011, the then 2-year-old Pippie Kruger suffered third degree burn wounds when firelighter gel exploded in her father's hands at a braai in Lephalale in Limpopo.

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