Please take the pain away, burnt teen screamed

2016-10-21 16:02
Sean Smith (Supplied)

Sean Smith (Supplied)

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Pretoria - "Stop the pain! Please just take away the pain!" Sean Smith screamed as he arrived at the Unitas Hospital in Centurion on Monday.

He screamed until he was anaesthetised, Netwerk24 reported.

Sean, 16, from Mountain View in Pretoria, was badly burnt in a freak accident on Monday when his shirt caught fire after a friend lit a cigarette next to it.

His shirt was covered in petrol after he tried to fix an oil leak on a friend's car in Eldoraigne.

He sustained third-degree burns, with the most serious wounds on his hands, chin and neck. His back, torso and arms were also badly burnt.

The teenager also sustained internal burns due to the inhalation of flames.

His right lung collapsed Friday morning, Netwerk24 reported.

The hospital is footing the bill for Sean's treatment because his family does not belong to a medical aid and there was no bed available for him in a government hospital on Monday.

Sean, who cannot breathe on his own, was operated on on Thursday and remains in serious condition in ICU.


Sean Smith in his hospital bed in the ICU at Netcare Unitas Hospital in Pretoria. (Supplied)

Amoré Jooste, a friend of Sean's mother Mé-lissa, told Netwerk24 his wounds are being cleaned and the doctors are trying to scrape away some of the dead tissue.

They did not want to do too much for fear that he could lose too much blood, she said.

"They wanted to do it gently," she said, adding that his bandages were changed while he was under anaesthetic.

According to Jooste, a bed is now available for Sean at the Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Pretoria North and he will be transferred as soon as his condition is stable. 

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