26 July 4th fireworks injuries in Wichita area include children, amputation

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Officials say 26 people in the Wichita area were treated for fireworks-related injuries on Independence Day. 

Ascension Via Christi saw 12 patients at the burn center on Thursday. Half of them were children between the ages of 2 and 17, four of the 12 people treated were seriously injured enough to be admitted. 

The four Wesley locations saw 14 patients with fireworks-related injuries, including one at Wesley Medical Center who suffered an injury to their hand and finger from a homemade firework. The injury required amputation, Wesley's communications coordinator said. 

(More: Kansas boy dies in possible fireworks accident)

Below is the breakdown in Wesley's numbers.

Wesley Medical Center

  • Fireworks injuries seen June 27-July 3: 1 (wound to the arm, leg and foot from a mortar)
  • July 4 fireworks injuries: 3
  • Types of injuries: One injury to the hand and fingers from a homemade firework; one injury to the face with a parachute-mortar; and one burn to the face with a mortar.
  • Two were treated and released, but the injury from the homemade firework required an amputation and follow-up surgery. A third was transferred to a burn center. No further details available.
  • Total fireworks-related injuries last year (2018): 10

Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER

  • Fireworks injuries seen June 27-July 3: 0
  • July 4 fireworks injuries: 4
  • Types of injuries: All four were burns, two of them also had wound injuries.
  • All were treated and released.
  • Total fireworks-related injuries last year (2018): 4

Wesley West ER

  • Fireworks injuries seen June 27-July 3: 0
  • July 4 fireworks injuries: 5
  • Types of injuries: 1st degree burns to the ear and calf; 2nd degree burns to the right leg, right wrist and toe.
  • All were treated and released
  • Total fireworks-related injuries last year (2018): 6

Wesley Derby ER

  • Fireworks injuries seen June 27-July 3: 0
  • July 4 fireworks injuries: 2
  • Types of injuries: One hand injury from a “bumblebee” firework; one injury to the face from a “jumping jack” firework.
  • All were treated and released
  • Total injuries last year (2018): 5

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