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Super Scar

by on Apr.16, 2015, under Family, Health, Kids, Media

Whether it's for the heart pedi_surg1 the head   Leogane Jan-Feb 2010 or any other surgical procedure, it takes a lot of courage for a kid to endure. carter04 On top of surviving 5 open heart surgeries, seven-year-old Carter Gentle from Farmington Maine was upset because the scar from the latest emergency pacemaker operation was ugly. carter01 His dad Mark said that when Carter first removed the bandages, "he went down to the bathroom to look in the mirror and he just started sobbing." His dad told him that his scars were beautiful, and made him look like a superhero. carter02 He posted a picture of Carter showing his scars on his Facebook page, hoping to get support from friends and boost Carter's confidence. carter03 Since it was posted on April 11, the picture has garnered more than 1.5 million "likes", more than the total number of Mark Gentle's Facebook friends. Comments have been overwhelmingly positive, with others sharing their own scars and encouragement. https://www.facebook.com/mark.gentle.125/posts/838002282933707:0
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Stevens Johnson

by on Nov.05, 2012, under Drugs, Health, Kids, Parenting

Calvin Lock, an eleven year old from Littleport, Cambridgeshire, UK, had the typical symptoms of a virus. His mother gave him the recommended dose of strawberry-flavored Liquid Nurofen For Children. Six days later he came down with a rash. He was diagnosed with chicken pox and given antibiotics. After the swelling and blistering worsened, Calvin was sent to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he was likewise diagnosed with a particularly nasty case of chicken pox. When he was unable to walk, talk, see, and struggling to breathe, he was finally admitted as an inpatient. Calvin was put on an IV drip as staff started treatmeant for more than 200 painful blisters but his condition deteriorated and he was put on a life-support machine. He was then transferred to a burns unit where surgeons removed affected skin from about 65 per cent of his body. He was ultimately diagnosed with Stevens Johnson syndrome, which is triggered by certain medications. In Calvin's case, it was ibuprofin that was in the cough medicine. Calvin lost his hair, which is now growing back, and will be severely scarred. His mother Robyn Moult and stepfather Daryn Chambers are now campaigning to raise awareness of Stevens Johnson Syndrome.

Steven's "Johnson"

A spokesman for Nurofen for Children said warnings about the reactions suffered by Calvin are included on the patient information leaflet in "consumer friendly language".

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