A team of
doctors and nurses at Baton Rouge General's Mid-City campus continues to
provide around-the-clock care for the four patients in their burn unit.
remains in critical condition, one is in serious condition and two are in fair
condition," said Dr. Flip Roberts. "Their families are with them and
there's been an outpouring of concern and prayers for their recovery, which all
of us greatly appreciate."
men were working inside the Williams plant when the blast rocked Geismar. Their
names will not be officially released, but doctors said the man with the most
serious burns is in a touch-and-go situation.
next 48 to 72 hours will be very important in our determination of what
direction he's going," Roberts explained.
added their focus is stabilizing airways, replacing fluids lost in the tissue
burns and trying to prevent infection. Across town at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital,
another team is treating one critical patient. A second was upgraded to fair
condition Friday morning.
when they have significant injuries, that makes it worse because I'm a father
and husband and those people are as well, and that's what you have to deal with
on a higher level," said Justin Cox, an incident commander with Acadian
responders and hospital staff, the sights and sounds of Thursday's explosion
are still fresh. Many are putting their faith in a higher power, hoping a dose
of prayer helps in the complicated treatment that lies ahead.