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Family of burn victim asks for community support

By: Jonathan Migneault - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Apr 17, 2014 - 1:24 PM |
John Oost, centre left, was severely burned in a fire that started in the kitchen of his Notre Dame home on March 20. His family has asked for support from the community to help him after his treatment in hospital. Supplied photo.

John Oost, centre left, was severely burned in a fire that started in the kitchen of his Notre Dame home on March 20. His family has asked for support from the community to help him after his treatment in hospital. Supplied photo.

John Oost was severely burned in a March 20 fire on Notre Dame

John Oost has been in the Sunnybrook Hospital's Ross Tilley Burn Centre since his home on Notre Dame Avenue caught fire March 20.

Around 38 per cent of his body was severely burned in the fire, which started in his kitchen.

When first responders entered his home at 2 a.m. that day, Oost did not have a heart beat. First reponders were able to revive him with a defibrillator and rushed him to Health Sciences North.

After four hours in hospital, his doctors decided he should be sent to Toronto, where specialists at the burn centre could offer him the treatment and reconstructive surgery he required.

His aunt, Tina Emley, said Oost could lose his fingers. It would be devastating for the 39-year-old guitarist, she said.

“We just want to raise a little bit of money to ease the burden,” Emley said.

Since he was admitted to Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital, doctors have been able to graft new skin to Oost's face and lower arms.

Emley said the skin grafts on his face have stuck, but some on his arms have not taken.

His family has set up a Facebook page, and an online donation page, to accept help from the community to help Oost and his family during his treatment.

Oost's 13-year-old son has visited him once in hospital, but Emley said the distance to Toronto has made regular visits difficult.

Funds would help with family travel expenses, and to get Oost basic things, like new clothes, once he is out of hospital. He might also need money to cover his medication, Emley said.
Jonathan Migneault

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