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Kansas City area doctors already treating firework injuries this year

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Last year, a toddler was rushed there after a bottle rocket hit him in the neck. (KCTV) Last year, a toddler was rushed there after a bottle rocket hit him in the neck. (KCTV)
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The University of Kansas Hospital has already begun treating firework injuries.

Last year, a toddler was rushed there after a bottle rocket hit him in the neck.

Christina Farnsworth was at an Independence Day picnic when her then one-year-old son, Damien, was hit by the rocket.

“He had second and third degree burns on his chin and top of his chest,” Farnsworth said. “They had to do a skin graft on his leg.”

Bob Eickhoff at Save U More Fireworks in Kansas City, KS said bottle rockets can be deadly.

“You don’t know where they go, so they’ll get loose,” Eickhoff said.

The rockets are illegal in Kansas but can be bought in parts of Missouri.

In Damien’s case, he was a driveway’s length away from the rocket, which was being launched out of a soda can – something you shouldn’t do.

Nurses at the University of Kansas Hospital helped get him on the mend, complete with superman badges.

Damien is just now getting back to his normal self. He had to take sponge baths for months – the slightest touch to the burn would make it hurt.

“I cried – I spend a lot of time crying,” Farnsworth said.

Last year, the University of Kansas Hospital saw 30 patients for firework injuries.

Burn unit nurse Ashton Bergh said people will hold fireworks in their hands.

“Oftentimes that firework will explode in their face, resulting in eye or vision loss,” Bergh said.

Doctors said they expect to see more patients this year, because the fourth falls on a Tuesday – meaning more days to use those fireworks.

If you are burned, make sure to run the burn under cool water – not freezing water.

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