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Girl, six, has been left with horrendous burns on her face after HAND SANITIZER caught fire


A six-year-old has been left with horrendous facial burns – after hand sanitizer she was playing with caught fire.

Izabella Reaume, from Toledo, Ohio, had been playing outside with her cousin and a friend, watched by a childminder as her mother Larissa went to work.

But within 45 minutes of Larissa leaving the family home, she received a panicked phone call telling her to get to the hospital – after one of the children Izabella was playing with had brought a lighter and flicked the switch – sending the hand sanitizer up in flames.

The youngster was rushed to hospital where medics battled to save her – but she has been left having to wear a pressure garment across her face for 23 hours a day. 

Her mother Larrissa Schaffenberg, 29, is now speaking out to warn other parents about the dangers of leaving hand sanitizer lying around.

Izabella Reaume (pictured), six, from Toledo, Ohio, has been left with horrendous facial burns - after hand sanitizer she was playing with caught fire

Izabella Reaume (pictured), six, from Toledo, Ohio, has been left with horrendous facial burns – after hand sanitizer she was playing with caught fire

The youngster has been left with severe scars across her face (pictured), from ear to ear, as a result of playing around with hand sanitizer which accidentally caught fire

The youngster has been left with severe scars across her face (pictured), from ear to ear, as a result of playing around with hand sanitizer which accidentally caught fire

Izabella's mother Larrissa Schaffenberg, 29, is now speaking out to warn other parents about the dangers of leaving hand sanitizer lying around. Pictured, the burns to Izabella's face during the healing process

Izabella’s mother Larrissa Schaffenberg, 29, is now speaking out to warn other parents about the dangers of leaving hand sanitizer lying around. Pictured, the burns to Izabella’s face during the healing process

‘I had not even been at work 45 minutes and my phone started to ring, I answered and the babysitter told me that my six-year-old baby girl had been burnt,’ explained Deli worker, Larrissa. 

‘My heart sank and I began to panic, I left work right away and made my way to meet them at the hospital.

‘Izabella had been playing out in the front garden, with her big brother, her cousin and one of the neighbor’s kids, as she always did. 

‘They were messing around with some hand sanitizer that had been laying around because we were using it all the time to protect against Covid 19.

Izabella had been playing outside with her cousin and a friend, watched by a childminder as her mother went to work. Pictured, the burns to her face after they'd been cleaned

Izabella had been playing outside with her cousin and a friend, watched by a childminder as her mother went to work. Pictured, the burns to her face after they’d been cleaned

One of the children Izabella was playing with had brought a lighter and flicked the switch - sending the hand sanitizer up in flames. Pictured, before the burns

One of the children Izabella was playing with had brought a lighter and flicked the switch – sending the hand sanitizer up in flames. Pictured, before the burns

On arrival at the hospital, doctors have to cut off Izabella's clothes, give her medication to help with the immense pain and clean up all of the burns. Pictured, the burns during the healing process

On arrival at the hospital, doctors have to cut off Izabella’s clothes, give her medication to help with the immense pain and clean up all of the burns. Pictured, the burns during the healing process

‘They were playing around and squirting it about, and some was squirted on to the front porch ledge. One of the neighbour’s kid had a lighter and lit it. It set ablaze and caught Izabella’s face.

‘When we arrived at the hospital, I carried her in my arms. When I saw what had happened to her face I was devastated. My beautiful baby girl, how could this have happened to her?’

On arrival at the hospital, doctors have to cut off Izabella’s clothes, give her medication to help with the immense pain and clean up all of the burns. She had to spend the night in the hospital.

After leaving the hospital, Larrissa had to clean her daughter’s burns twice a day, and remove and reapply the gauze. In August, Izabella was given a pressure garment, which she now has to wear on her face 23 hours a day.

After leaving the hospital, Larrissa had to clean her daughter's burns twice a day, and remove and reapply the gauze. Pictured, the burns to Izabella's face

After leaving the hospital, Larrissa had to clean her daughter’s burns twice a day, and remove and reapply the gauze. Pictured, the burns to Izabella’s face 

Izabella was given a pressure garment, which she now has to wear on her face 23 hours a day to help flatten her scars (pictured)

Izabella was given a pressure garment, which she now has to wear on her face 23 hours a day to help flatten her scars (pictured)

‘The pressure garment is hopefully going to help press and flatten Izabella’s scars so that her face heals as best it can,’ explained Larissa. ‘She may have to wear this for the next couple of years, it just depends on how quickly her little body repairs.

‘She does not need any skin grafts which is lucky. Her scars have come a long way so far, they have now all closed up. In the beginning, they were open and constantly seeping.

Larrissa says that it took Izabella three months to finally be able to look at herself in the mirror following the accident, as she was too terrified of what she was going to see.

‘It is heartbreaking, my little girl thinks she is ugly now,’ said mother-of-three, Larrissa. ‘I have to tell her every day that she is beautiful and that you do not have to look the same as everyone else to be gorgeous, but a lot of the time she does not believe me. 

Larrissa says that it took Izabella (pictured, with the burns) three months to finally be able to look at herself in the mirror following the accident, as she was too terrified of what she was going to see

Larrissa says that it took Izabella (pictured, with the burns) three months to finally be able to look at herself in the mirror following the accident, as she was too terrified of what she was going to see

Larissa says her daughter's scars have now all closed up, whereas before they were open and constantly seeping, Pictured, the burns on her face

Larissa says her daughter’s scars have now all closed up, whereas before they were open and constantly seeping, Pictured, the burns on her face

Izabella's schooling is currently online due to the coronavirus restrictions, which Larissa says is a relief as she can turn her camera off so none of her classmates can see her because she is worried about being bullied about her scars. Pictured, in hospital

Izabella’s schooling is currently online due to the coronavirus restrictions, which Larissa says is a relief as she can turn her camera off so none of her classmates can see her because she is worried about being bullied about her scars. Pictured, in hospital

‘Some days are better than others, one day she will try and ignore the scars, and the next day she will be extremely upset and thinking that she is hideous again.’

Izabella’s schooling is currently online due to the coronavirus restrictions, she says that this is a relief to her as she can turn her camera off so none of her classmates can see her because she is worried about being bullied about her scars.

‘I am just so shocked that hand sanitizer could cause such damage, I did not know it could blow up like that,’ said Larrissa. ‘It has been so traumatic for Izabella, I feel terrible that this has happened to her.

‘She has shown she is such a strong little girl and I know that she will be okay in the end, as time goes on things are getting a little easier.’

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