Burned Nanaimo boy recovering at home

Recovery is a slow and sometimes painful process for a Nanaimo boy badly burned over the Christmas holidays, but he's back home and improving steadily.

Daniel Stump, 10, received second and third degree burns to his face, arms and upper body Dec. 30 in an accident in his home.

His school – Coal Tyee Elementary School – as well as the Nanaimo Professional Firefighters union and friends banded together to help the family of six pay for the costs of trips to Vancouver, Daniel's medical supplies and general living expenses. Redene Stump, took the time off work to stay with her son as he  underwent treatments at B.C. Children's Hospital.

She said her son's January skin graft surgeries went well, but he's going to need to go back for more – he's having trouble moving his right shoulder and left elbow due to scar tissue.

Daniel takes Tylenol for the pain and Benadryl for the burn itch, tires easily from any type of physical activity and it's often a struggle to get through the exercises prescribed by the physiotherapist.

"It frustrates him that he can't use his arms as much as he used to," said Stump. "He's been really shy and hesitant to do a lot of things."

Daniel will return to school after spring break and is doing homework at home to stay caught up.

But he's self-conscious about his scars, which are starting to look worse now that they are healing, said Stump.

"They've raised probably about half an inch all over," she said.

Without the support of the community – the school and friends who organized the bottle drive managed to raise about $10,000 and the firefighters' Burn Fund is covering Daniel's medical supplies – the family would be in a lot of trouble, Stump said.

Visits to a Vancouver doctor, physio appointments and counselling – Stump wants the entire family to attend trauma counselling – add up quickly and without the support, the family would not have been able to do it, she said.

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