Peoria’s Girl Covered in 2nd & 3rd Degree Burns After Grill Fire | Arizona News
PEORIA, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – A young girl is in the burns unit after a propane tank exploded at a family pool party. Isla Cook has second and third degree burns over more than 46% of her body. She is known for her acrobatic skills as a gymnast. Now she is confined to a hospital bed. “Life can change quickly,” said Alyssa Cook, Isla’s mother.
The injuries are the result of a propane tank explosion coming from their grill at a poolside party at their Peoria home on Sunday. “It’s tragic, absolutely tragic, and seeing my daughter flare up is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” said Justin Cook, Isla’s father.
This happens more often than you might think, according to Peoria Fire Captain Mark Barbee. “It’s unfortunate. People have been seriously injured and worse,” said Captain Barbee. “There are things we can do to stop these things from happening. “
Captain Barbee said you should make sure your propane tank isn’t overpressurized by reading a meter. You also want to check the handle to make sure it is not loose, as well as the general condition of the tank. “Keep these kids away from barbecues. Keep the barbecue at least 10 feet from the house. Make sure the rubber hoses are intact and in good condition,” Barbee said.
Return to Isla. “I want her not to be in pain,” Alyssa said. Her parents said doctors believed she could stay in the hospital for anywhere from a month to 10 months. “We want her to make a full recovery and be the perfect normal child that she is,” said Justin.
And one day, they hope she will return to the sport she loves: gymnastics. It’s the workout her parents said could get her out of the hospital and back on the mat sooner. “She’s a fighter. We’re really thankful that she’s been doing gymnastics for years to be strong and get things done,” Alyssa said.
The cooks are grateful to the doctors and nurses in Valleywise’s Burns Unit who took care of their daughter. Her gymnast community is launching a campaign for her on Instagram with the hashtag #FlipforIsla. If you would like to help the family with medical expenses, click here.
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