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N.C. Man Burned In Bali Making Progress

Posted October 24, 2002

— A North Carolina man seriously burned in a recent terrorist attack in Bali, Indonesia, is making remarkable progress. David Creecy, 49, is being treated at the Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Creecy's family and doctor said they have great hope for his recovery.

David Creecy, 49, and his wife, Jackie, agreed he could make a dream trip to surf on the coast of Bali. The dream was shattered when two bomb blasts tore through a nightclub district two weeks ago, killing almost 200 people. Creecy is burned over 60 percent of his body.

"He was in Paddies, the little Irish bar across the street, and it was pretty difficult," said Mark Creecy, David's brother.

Doctors praised the treatment Creecy received in Bali and Singapore before being flown by special jet to the Triangle.

"He came to us very stable, very comfortable and what we've seen on our assessment of him gives us nothing but hope for his future," said Dr. Michael Peck, of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center.

Doctors say David Creecy is making quick progress.

"He was out of bed yesterday (Wednesday) standing on his own. Many of his burn wounds are already beginning to heal," Peck said.

Creecy's family is grateful for the support coming from around the world and their Outer Banks neighbors.

"It's sad it had to happen this way, but it's good to know if something were to happen that, you can rely on people to help," said Caitlin Creecy, David's daughter.

Creecy's doctor said he faces at least two months in the Jaycee Burn Center, but Jackie Creecy said she has every confidence he will recover.

"He fights real hard and he loves us so much and that love is going to bring him back to us fully recovered, I'm sure," she said.

Almost $40,000 has been raised in the Kill Devil Hills area to help the Creecy family.


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