2 children severely burned in Ukraine flown to Boston for treatment

BOSTON — A Boston hospital specializing in pediatric burn victims says its treating two children recently flown from Ukraine with severe burns.

Shriners Children’s Boston said Thursday that two children were transported by air ambulance, and arrived in Boston late Wednesday, each one accompanied by one of their parents.

The hospital said it’s not able to share additional information regarding the children or their medical conditions at this time but will be holding a media briefing Friday.

It said it will provide further updates as its staff learns more about the children and obtains permission to share the information.

The Shriners Children’s healthcare system, which is based in Tampa, Florida, and operates more than 20 medical facilities in North America, says it’s provided medical help to Ukrainian children dating as far back as the 1990s for children affected by the Chornobyl disaster in 1986.

“Due to the current state of affairs in Ukraine, the country’s medical infrastructure is understandably challenged,” John McCabe, executive vice president of the Shriners Children’s healthcare system, said in a statement. “We are uniquely positioned to help these children from Ukraine, because our physicians, nurses and therapists have extensive experience in providing care for children who suffer life-th

A local Doctor who is originally from Ukraine spoke with Boston 25 News about the mission and challenges they have been facing in getting kids over to the United States.

“We cannot just transfer the patient from Ukraine because there is a no-fly zone, so e have to go outside of Ukraine and since they’re entering another country, they need to be processed in this country,” Dr. Gennadiy Fuzaylov said.

According to Dr. Fuzaylov, the latest number of injured children out of Ukraine is currently at 158. However, his organization has been offering telemedicine pro-bono since the start of the war.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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