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UNC Burn Survivors Celebrate Life

Posted October 19, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Severe burns can have devastating effects on the lives of victims and their families. But some people who've survived say it's time for celebration.

For the sixth year, UNC Hospitals has staged its "Celebration of Life" for former patients in its North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center.

The reunion enables people to share their individual stories of survival and it gives inspiration to current patients.

The event also enables patients and families to thank the health care teams that made survival possible.

Given the high risk area in which they work on a daily basis, burn center staff also benefit from the reunion; it affirms that while losing a patient is heartbreaking they can also look to many successes.

Those who come back to the burn center are ready to praise the staff.

One patient, James R. Pointer, had been burned over 80 percent of his body. He credits the care he got with helping him relearn how to do daily tasks, get out in public and resume his life.

In addition to getting reacquainted, the hospital's guests had lunch and toured the center.