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news News Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:58 AM - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:58 AM

Shalom and his mom share their gratitude for Shriners Hospitals for Children’s amazing care

Shalom and his mom share their gratitude for Shriners Hospitals for Children’s amazing care

Shalom is a normal, now-healthy 10-year-old boy from Columbia whose life changed drastically on June 5, 2019. While attending a science lab at school, Shalom was accidentally burned over 80% of his body during a class experiment with industrial alcohol.

They rushed him to a local hospital, but soon he developed a serious bacterial infection that his doctors did not have the proper medicine to treat. Out of desperation, his mother took to the internet to find a solution that would save her little boy, whose life was now in jeopardy.

It was through this research that she learned about Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston from a friend who lived in nearby Houston. Quickly, she contacted the hospital and gathered instructions for Shalom to be accepted as a patient. While the doctors back home were eager to help refer him as a patient, she would still need the money to transport Shalom to the United States.

Anxious to save her son, she began writing letters to government leaders, pleading for help. Four months after his accident, help came when the news media picked up her story, prompting action from the Columbian Air Force, which came to her rescue and flew Shalom to Galveston, Texas, for treatment.

When he arrived, he could barely move his arms and legs because of the scarring, and was very ill from a serious bacterial infection which caused this otherwise healthy boy to weigh in at only 70 pounds. Shalom spent months in the pediatric intensive care unit while he underwent surgeries and skin grafting to bring back his mobility, and received antibiotics to kill the infection.

Shalom gained over 20 pounds, and he is well on the road to recovery, thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston. Moved by their care for her son, Shalom’s mother is anxious to tell others back home about the amazing care he received. With tears of gratitude, she thanks his caregivers and the donors for saving her son’s life, and asks more people to consider giving in order to help other children all over the world receive burn care if needed.

She is looking forward to Shalom, who used to ride BMX bikes and play soccer, returning home to Columbia where he can be with his friends, go to school and enjoy everyday life. Shalom's mother offers many thanks to Shriners Hospitals for Children and their incredible mission.