This is what a dad did after his toddler got badly burned by a cup of tea

Written by on August 25, 2019

Little Isla Fewtrell had just turned one and been walking for a couple of weeks when she spotted a cup of tea on a table and decided to plunge her hand into it.

Her mum Katey turned a second later to face every parent’s nightmare.

Isla had gone into shock and, instead of taking her hand away, she stood with it submerged in the scalding water.

Katey instantly grabbed Isla and tried to cool her hand under cold water then rushed her to hospital.

But Isla’s hand quickly deteriorated and she had to be transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for surgery.

Isla Fewtrell during her time at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Mark Fewtrell climbed Scafell Pike to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital after Isla was treated for a burn caused by hot tea (Image: Adam Fradgley / Exposure)
“Isla had put her hand into the tea right up to her wrist,” said her dad Mark, who was coming home from hospital following treatment for kidney stones when he got the call to say Isla had been hurt.

“She went into shock and didn’t take her hand back out. That was what caused such a deep burn. You don’t think that something so simple could cause something like this.

“But it could happen to anyone.”

Mark was stunned when he saw Isla’s hand when hospital staff took off her bandages.

“It was unrecognisable as a child’s hand. It had ballooned and part of the skin was coming off,” said Mark, from Cannock , who is married to Katey and also has a son, Alex, 10, and baby Freddie, four months.

“I was hoping it might just be a little red mark but I couldn’t believe the scale of it, how bad it could be. You see people with burns and sometimes it seems quite insignificant but it can lead to nerve damage so you don’t know the extent of it to start with.

“At one point, her injuries looked so horrific I couldn’t see how she would be able to keep her hand.”

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Isla spent two nights on the burn’s ward at the end of July 2018 and had two operations to remove the layers of damaged skin on her hand.

“It was a real eye opener to be on the burn’s ward, it made us actually feel quite lucky,” said Mark, who was in the process of moving house when it happened.

“There were children in full body casts and face masks. It was humbling to see. It made us realise our situation wasn’t that bad, it could have been worse.

“Isla couldn’t understand what was going on so I had to restrain her and try to calm her down when the nurses were checking her bandages.”

 
He added: “She was in a lot of pain. When it first happened, we couldn’t stop her crying. It got to the point where she was almost asleep and still crying.

“They put her on morphine and that seemed to help.

“Only one person could stay with her in hospital so my wife stayed with her.

“The next day Isla seemed a little more like herself only she was more cuddly than usual.”

Isla Fewtrell aged 2. Her dad Mark Fewtrell climbed Scafell Pike to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital after Isla was treated for a burn caused by hot tea (Image: Adam Fradgley / Exposure)
Isla had to go under general anaesthetic to have her operations.

“It was worrying, knowing she was going under general anaesthetic. But parts of her skin had come off and they needed to clean it out.

“They told us she would make a full recovery, which was so reassuring, but that they had to make sure there was no infection in the wound because that could lead to serious consequences.”

Fortunately the operation was successful.

She returned home from hospital in a cast with layers of bandages to help her skin to breathe. She had to remain in a cast for several months.

“It was amazing how she reacted really,” said Mark.

“Once she was back home in a cast, she stopped trying to use her left hand all together and just used her right hand instead.

“She had to go back for a second operation a few days later to remove more skin. They were concerned about the top of her hand by the thumb section.

“She had different coloured hands for around six months. The left hand was dark red. The doctor explained that this is part of the healing process, that the body sends blood to the area that needs it.”

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Isla today

Now Isla is two and, apart from a scar on top of her hand, you would have no idea anything happened to her.

“After the bandages came off, it did take a while for her to start using her left hand properly again,” he said.

“She’d gone so long only using one hand.

“At play time, we encouraged her to use it by putting her toys to her left side and gradually she started using it again. Now she’s using it all the time.

“We had to be careful to keep her out of sunlight and use a special cream on her hand.

“You wouldn’t really know anything had happened now apart from a bit of a scar.

“It’s amazing what the doctors can do. They told us from day two, once they’d had a good look at it, that she would be fine.”

Mark Fewtrell with his wife Katey and their daughter Isla Fewtrell aged 2. Mark climbed Scafell Pike to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital after Isla was treated for a burn caused by hot tea (Image: Adam Fradgley / Exposure)

What Mark did afterwards

Mark had just started a new job as a hotel manager for Premier Inn Telford when Isla was rushed into hospital and he had to call and say he couldn’t come in for his first week.

His company were so good about it, and he was so inspired by the treatment Isla had received, that he decided to join colleagues in raising funds for Premier Inn’s charity partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) by climbing Scafell Pike.

Mark Fewtrell during his ascent of Scafell Pike (Image: Adam Fradgley / Exposure)
During the climb, there were points where Mark didn’t think he would be able to make it to the top, however he had pictures of his little girl in order to motivate him to keep going. Four hours and 10 minutes later they all reached the summit.

In total 162 team members took part in the three peak challenge, raising an incredible £14,000, which will go towards supporting seriously ill children from across the UK who are cared for at GOSH.

Mark is planning to continue to raise money for GOSH Charity by climbing Snowdon with his son Alex, 10, in October.

If you would like to sponsor Mark, please visit his giving page here

“GOSH do some amazing things for poorly children and I’m so proud that our team has been able to raise funds for this brilliant cause,” he said.

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From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/what-dad-after-toddler-badly-16789573


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