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

The 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


The Miami Burn Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, in collaboration with City of Miami Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, is raising awareness and educating the public about burn safety and prevention during National Burn Awareness Week, observed this year from February 7 to 13.

The medical team also celebrates 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. During a press conference, burn survivors and their family will share their stories with the media. Among them:

Socorro Villa:
Last April, Socorro Villa was sitting on her bed while serving herself hot tea when she accidentally spilled hot water on her legs. Villa, 54, didn’t go to the emergency room at Jackson North Medical Center until the next day, after noticing that her legs had huge blisters that kept forming and bursting. Doctors at Jackson North transferred Villa to the Miami Burn Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where the specialized burn team diagnosed her with third degrees burns on her right leg, and second degree burns on her left leg. She underwent a skin graft procedure to help heal her burns. Two months later, Villa was released from the hospital. She is now an active member of the Burn Survivor Support Group. She is also looking forward to undergoing laser treatments to help minimize her scars.

Shanieya Bland:
In June 2019, nine-year-old Shanieya Bland was in the bathroom, playing with a lighter, rubbing alcohol and Febreze, when she became engulfed in flames. Shanieya came out running and screaming to the living room, when her mother managed to put out the flames. As a result, she suffered burns on 45 percent of her body, including severe burns to her hands, stomach, and feet. She was immediately rushed to the Miami Burn Center, where she underwent four skin graft surgeries. She remained hospitalized for nearly five months, undergoing extensive physical and occupational therapy. The now 11-year-old is in fourth grade. Her mother wants to warn the public about the dangers of children playing with fire.

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 11, 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.

Media can download pictures of Villa and Shanieya via this link.


Louis Pizano, MD, Medical Director, Miami Burn Center
Tony Allen, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, Fire Prevention Division
Socorro Villa, Burn Survivor
Angie Knight, Shanieya Bland’s Mother


10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 11, 2021


Ryder Trauma Center
1800 NW 10 Avenue
Miami, FL 33136


Media can park in Ryder Trauma lot.

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