After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival by Robin Gaby Fisher

By Robin Gaby Fisher

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students survived a hearth that raged via their dormitory. this can be the intense tale in their struggle to get better, in their supportive households, and of the ladies who could come to like them.

On January 19, 2000, a hearth raged in the course of the freshman dormitory at Seton corridor collage in South Orange, New Jersey, killing 3 scholars and injuring fifty-eight others. one of the sufferers have been Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from terrible neighborhoods who made their households proud via entering into collage. They controlled to flee the fireplace, yet either have been burned terribly.

After the Fire is the tale of those younger males and their struggle to get over the worst accidents the Saint Barnabas clinic burn unit had ever noticeable. it's the tale of the intense medical professionals and nurses who paintings with the blistered, of the moms and dads, of religion and kinfolk, of the ladies who got here to like those males, and of the invisible ties that bind us to each other.

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He devoured a mouthful of the fresh, frigid air, and his lungs felt like rubber bands ready to snap. ” Shawn cried in the silent night. “Somebody help me! ” The sky was navy blue, and the dark campus was strangely still. What’s the use? he thought. Nobody hears me. Nobody’s there. Sinking to the floor, he began to pray again. The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Sometimes there was no remedy at all. The overnight shift had already put in thirteen hours when the call came from the ER, and the morning shift was arriving early, having heard the first news reports. Judging from what he was seeing, Mansour knew that he would need every available member of his team. Alvaro Llanos, in trauma room 1, was the most critical patient. Nurses wrapped him in blankets as he babbled incoherently and gasped for breath. At first glance, they hadn’t been able to tell if he was covered in black soot or charred midnight.

Mansour hadn’t been able to say what the prognosis was for Shawn or for Alvaro, although the parents of both boys had asked the question over and over again that day. The truth was that either one of them could die at any time. Indeed, they were living on stolen moments. When the boys did wake up, they would most likely not remember the fire or the initial pain of their burns, Mansour had said. “But they will survive,” Christine had said, making a statement, not asking a question. “At this point, we just can’t say,” Mansour had replied.

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