Miami Burn Center Celebrates Burn Survivors during National Burn Awareness Week

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


Louis Pizano, MD, Medical Director, Miami Burn Center
Antonio Allen, Public Education, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department
Karen Hunter-Jackson, Burn Survivor
Josue Moreno, Burn Survivor


The Miami Burn Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, in collaboration with City of Miami Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, will host a Burn Safety Festival to raise awareness and educate 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. Two survivors will attend the festival and share their story with the media.

Karen Hunter-Jackson, 61:
In August 2017, Hunter-Jackson and her son were turning into the driveway of their home in Miami Gardens, when a speeding motorcycle crashed into them. The motorcycle’s gas tank exploded, sending flames running under Hunter-Jackson’s car. She and son ran through the fire to escape the burning car. She was wearing shorts and sandals and suffered burns to 25 percent of her body. Her son was not hurt. The driver of the motorcycle was killed on impact.

Hunter-Jackson was immediately rushed to the Miami Burn Center, where she was treated for burns on both legs and her right arm. She underwent a series of skin grafts to her legs and arm, and was released from the hospital two months later.

Hunter-Jackson, who underwent physical therapy, is also an active member of the Burn Survivor Support Group at the Miami Burn Center She’s currently undergoing laser treatments at the Miami Burn Center, which will help minimize her scars, and improve her flexibility.

Josue Moreno, 29:
In July 2012, Moreno was vacationing in his native Honduras when he suffered a devastating accident. He was working on the roof of his house, when a metal pole he was holding touched some power lines. The electricity traveled through his hand, and exited his right leg.

Two days after his accident, Moreno was flown via air-ambulance to the Miami Burn Center. Moreno remained in a coma for a month, and lost both arms and right leg. He was released from the hospital three months later, and received outpatient physical and occupational therapy at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, where he learned to walk with his prosthetic leg, and learned to use his prosthetic arms. Moreno is now an active member of the Burn Survivor Support Group.

According to the American Burn Association (ABA), every year more than 450,000 serious burn injuries occur in the United States that require medical treatment.

During the press conference on February 5, 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.

National Burn Awareness Week is observed this year from February 2 to 8.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Press Conference: 10 a.m.
Burn Safety Festival: 10:30 a.m. to noon.


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.

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