October 29, 2011

Positivity: Actor returns to hospital that saved his life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:00 am

From Edmonton:

FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011 06:01 PM MDT
UPDATED: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011 06:07 PM MDT

An Edmonton-born actor returned to the city Tuesday to raise the profile of a burn unit which he says saved his life.

Jade Carter was 12 years old when the tractor he was driving on his family’s farm flipped and trapped him underneath, severely burning his torso.

Now 35, Carter made a visit to the Firefighters’ Burn Treatment Unit at the University of Alberta Hospital where he received treatment 23 years ago.

Following his accident, he spent three months in hospital undergoing surgeries and skin grafts.

“If I was a staff member, I think it would be nice to see somebody come back and know they are doing well and that their work was appreciated and worthwhile,” Carter said.

Carter also made the rounds and took time to visit some of the patients in the unit.

“All I can do is relate my experience on the emotional roller-coaster. As burn survivors, that’s universal and something we all go through.”

Bringing those who have been through similar experiences helps boost the spirits of those who have suffered severe burn injuries.

Officials are hoping other burn victims will be inspired to share their experiences with others.

“Burn injuries are traumatic,” said Jackie Whitford, chair of the burn treatment unit’s psycho-social committee.

“We can help as health professionals, but people who have gone through the experience understand it the best.”

Carter has gone on to a relatively successful career in Hollywood, landing roles on the Young and the Restless, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and appearing more recently on House, Cold Case and General Hospital. …

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