JMS Burn Center holds prom for 17-year-old burn patient

Published: May. 20, 2022 at 11:38 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A burn patient celebrated his prom at the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital and had a very special prom date.

17-year-old Jayden Catoe made his grand entrance with his mother on the side, and his special date, his burn nurse.

Last fall, Catoe and his brother were involved in an accident that left him with burns covering 60 percent of his body.

Because of that, he would have had to miss prom this year. The doctors at the center say Catoe still has a ways to go in recovery before he can head home, so doctors and nurses brought prom to him.

The center at Doctors Hospital was transformed into a perfect prom. The room was decked out in black, gold, and silver prom decorations - even had its own red carpet.

“As we got closer to the end of the school year, we realized that prom was something that all high school teenagers are involved with anyway. Most of the nurses decided to throw him a prom, which is a normal thing for him,” said Dr. Richard Cartie, Director of Pediatric Critical Care Services for JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.

Hospital prom aside, the doctors say Catoe is taking his treatment like a champ.

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