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Teen burn survivor gives 'Thank You' performance

Teen burn survivor gives 'Thank You' performance

After twelve years of intense, pediatric burn care and physical therapy, Luis gave a special “Thank You Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California” performance. Luis sang and played the accordion, gifted to him from the hospital staff, in the hospital’s central activity pavilion, a playtime sanctuary where kids engage in structured and unstructured play each day.

“This was Luis’s way of giving back to Shriners [Hospitals for Children] what Shriners has given him,” said Luis’ mother, Maria. “Shriners has given us more than we could ever ask for over the past 12 years.”

Luis asked Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California to amplify his performance so that he can bring greater awareness to the life-saving pediatric care that continues every day. Donors, community members and supporters of the Northern California Shriners Hospital in the greater Sacramento region have played a crucial role in his recovery. His performance was shared on the hospital's social media channels @ShrinersNorCA.

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Luis’s love for music has been seen throughout his treatment program. Following years of specialty burn care and therapy, Luis rebuilt his confidence and self-image, as well as refined his natural ability to sing.

His journey began at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California in 2008. At age 2, he suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns covering most of his body. Luis was transferred to the Northern California Shriners Hospital for life-saving care.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is home to a nationally-recognized pediatric burn program verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. A multi-disciplinary team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and psychologists, burn technicians, occupational and physical therapists, nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists, child life specialists and orthotists provided Luis the care and rehabilitation he needed to return to an active, productive life outside of the hospital. Luis and his mother traveled from Sinaloa, Mexico, to receive care at the Northern California Shriners Hospital.

“Thank you very much for everything you do to help kids and help me,” said Luis. “I know you will continue to help kids with everything you do, even with everything going on.”

In the future, Luis plans to pursue his passion and become a professional singer and musician. He is a prime example of how hope, resilience and positivity can uplift us during these unusual circumstances.

“I want to have everything,” he said. “I want to sing with a band, to have the fans and to be on television, and Shriners taught me I can do it.”