Burn victims still need community help

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, February 27, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The burn center at Doctor's Hospital still needs help from the community, and may need help for months.

Lynn Dowling says she's never wanted to do anything but be a nurse.

She says dealing with patients from the Savannah refinery explosion has had quite an impact on her and other nurses.

"The whole situation has been devastating and it's just important that we stay strong," she said.

And she says keeping the patients strong, along with their families, also means continued community support.

Like with any crisis, many people help out at the beginning, but then they just kind of forget. That's why the burn center is hoping people will remember to roll up their sleeves and give blood.

"It's wonderful because you need to help someone and this is my way of trying to help," said Barbara Ball, a blood donor.

Along with blood, the burn center also still needs prepared food for families, as well as volunteers. And they say they may need all this for months to come.

Dowling says the patient's treatment is intense, with many of them having surgery every other day.

"To be quite honest with you, I don't know how anybody can't believe in God, with the tragedy we see here," she said.

And she says losing a patient can be one of the toughest parts of the job.

"That has been very trying on the staff, because like I said we get very attached to the patients and family members," said Dowling.

She's hoping all the patients now in the hospital will pull through, and says that hope is realistic.

"I have seen patients that I did not think would make it, make it," she said.

Now Lynn says the nurses will keep doing all they can do and she's hoping the community will do the same.

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