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Galveston’s Shriners Hospital To Treat Children Injured During Volcanic Eruption In Guatemala

The treatment can include surgery, rehabilitation and psychological support

The Shriners Hospital located in Galveston will treat children who were injured during the recent volcanic eruption that occurred in Guatemala.

Six Guatemalan children who suffered burn injuries because of the recent eruption of the Volcano of Fire are expected to arrive Wednesday night, shortly after midnight, in Galveston to be treated at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, according to the hospital public relations department.

The children will be transported to the pediatric burn center, according to a news release from the hospital.

The news release also detailed that, within 24 hours of the disaster, Shriners Hospitals deployed an emergency medical team from the Galveston Shriners Hospital to Guatemala to provide onsite evaluation and care.

“The team worked with Guatemalan and U.S. officials to secure approval to transfer those who required further treatment at Shriners Hospitals in the United States,” the news release noted.

Due to the severity of their injuries, critically burned patients are typically placed in pediatric intensive care units and the treatment can include surgery, rehabilitation and psychological support.

Authorities cautiously resumed search and rescue operations Wednesday in towns and villages devastated by the volcanic eruption, which has killed at least 75 people.

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