Media Advisory

For Immediate Release:

February 1, 2019

Media Contact:

Lidia Amoretti


The Miami Burn Center Celebrates Burn Survivors during National Burn Awareness Week

The Miami Burn Center, in collaboration with City of Miami Fire Rescue Department and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, raises awareness about burn safety and prevention in our community.


Louis Pizano, MD, Medical Director, Miami Burn Center
Maggie Castro, Firefighter, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department
Chief Robert Jorge, Divison of Health and Emergency Medical Services, City of Miami Fire-Rescue Department
Larry Jones, Burn Survivor
Jackie Delgado, Burn Survivor


The Miami Burn Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, in collaboration with City of Miami Fire Rescue Department and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, will host a Burn Safety Festival in hopes of raising awareness and educating the public about burn safety and prevention.

The Burn Safety Festival will also celebrate survivors whose lives were saved at the Miami Burn Center, one of the leading, most comprehensive burn treatment centers in the nation, treating hundreds of patients – from babies to adults – each year. Burn survivors will attend the festival and also share their stories with the media. Among them:

Larry Jones: On July 4, 2017, Jones was turning on his grill, when flames suddenly fired up, catching his shirt on fire.  As a result, he suffered burns to 25 percent of his body.  He was immediately rushed to the Miami Burn Center, where he was treated for burns in his right arm, hand, and half of his back and abdomen.  He also underwent two skin graft surgeries, and was released six weeks later. Jones, who underwent occupational therapy, is also an active member of the Burn Survivor Support Group. He’s currently undergoing laser treatment at the Miami Burn Center, which will help minimize his scars.

Jackie Delgado: On June 3, 2011, Delgado was lighting a tiki torch in her backyard when it suddenly exploded and burst into flames. As a result, Delgado suffered burns to 70 percent of her body. She was first taken to an area hospital in West Palm Beach, and was then transferred to the Miami Burn Center. Delgado remained in a coma for three months, and was eventually discharged home after a total of five months in the hospital. She also underwent in-patient and outpatient occupational and physical therapies, and was able to walk on her own 15 months later. In total, Delgado has received 25 surgeries since the accident.

According to the American Burn Association, approximately every minute, someone in the United States sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment.  Each day, more than 300 children are seen in emergency rooms, and two children die from burn injuries.

During the press conference on February 6, leaders from the Miami Burn Center, as well as representatives from Miami Fire Rescue and Miami Dade Fire Rescue will educate the public about the dangers we can encounter in our homes, and how to prevent burns and stay safe.   City of Miami Fire Rescue will also bring a fire truck, Sparky the Dog, and give away smoke alarms.

National Burn Awareness Week is observed this year from February 3 to 9.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019,

Press Conference: 11 a.m.

Burn Safety Festival: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Jackson Memorial Hospital
Alamo Park
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Editor's Note:

Media can park in Park Plaza West garage. Press conference will be held under blue tent in Alamo Park.

Jackson Health System

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136