Let’s talk about Al…

August 17, 2010 by  
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Angela is a friend of mine.  She was one of my older son’s pre-K teachers, and he has visited her home to play with her sons.  She is a warm and caring person, as teachers usually are, and has three wonderful sons.

Al Real, 2007

Al, 2007

Her middle son, Alfred (everyone calls him Al), was involved in a terrible accident while playing with a friend back on June 7th.  The result was that he received 3rd degree burns over 80% of his body. As a parent, that is one of my worst nightmares.  Having your 8 year old son seriously injured and on the verge of death, with permanent scaring being the best case scenario, can only be described as devastating.

Gwinnett Fire Department Station 2 responded to the 911 call, and Al was rushed to Grady’s Burn Unit.  Widely regarded as one of the best trauma units in the Southeast, his injuries were more than they could handle.  He had to be flown to Cincinnati to the Shiner’s Childrens’ Burn Unit, which is one of the best pediatric burn centers in the world. Read more