"Every week, there was more improvement and that was very encouraging to me."
- Larry Davis, Casa Colina Patient
On the morning of October 9, 2006, Apple Valley Fire District firefighter
Larry Davis responded to a structure fire. While they were inside, conditions
began to deteriorate. “I could see the smoke had whiffs of flames
through it,” Larry recalled. “Which meant that the house could
ignite into a ball of fire at any time.”
As he crawled out on his hands and knees, the carpet melted from the extreme
heat. It was like lava - hot and slippery. He was badly burned on his
hands, legs, face, neck and scalp during his escape.
At the Grossman Burn Center, they determined that 43% of his body was covered
in third and second degree burns. He required 13 different surgeries while
he was treated there, including amputations of his fifth (pinky) fingers
and portions of each remaining finger at the joints.
Two months later, Larry was transferred to Casa Colina Hospital for rehabilitation.
Its clinical teams immediately looked at how they could free up the movement
of his hands and fingers. Each day he spent time in a hyperbaric oxygen
therapy chamber to ensure that enough oxygen reached the skin to prevent
the grafts from dying off. After a month of intensive inpatient therapy,
Larry was discharged from Casa Colina Hospital and continued to receive
hand therapy each day for several months at Casa Colina’s Outpatient
Center. In between therapy sessions, Larry has kept himself busy by .walking
his three daughters down the aisle at their weddings, all planned within
a few months of each other. He plans to return to work soon and looks
forward to taking up golf.