Isaac faces tough road recovering from burns, principal says
THE acting principal of Isaac Stearn's old primary school says the teenager faces a hard road recovering from the serious burns he suffered on Halloween.
St Thomas More Primary School and Saint Teresa's Catholic College turned a sea of blue to raise funds for burns' victim Isaac Stearn, 14, who is undergoing treatment in Lady Cilento's Children's Hospital in Brisbane.
The Saint Teresa student was flown to the hospital in a critical condition on October 31 after being found screaming at the doorstep of a Sunrise Beach unit at around 6.30pm, his upper body and clothing in flames.
Kym Thomas, acting principal at St Thomas More where Isaac attended primary school, said the entire school cohort had yesterday come dressed in Isaac's favourite colour and made gold coin donations towards helping the family with his eventual rehabilitation.
Detective Senior Sergeant Phil Hurst of the Child Protection Investigation Unit said police remained uncertain as to the events leading up to Isaac's injuries.
Det Sen Sgt Hurst said police tried to interview the boy after he came out of an induced coma last week but he had been unable to speak with them.
He subsequently underwent surgery last Friday and again on Monday this week and is expected to undergo further skin grafts tomorrow.
"We are hoping to be able to talk to him later this week," Det Sen Sgt Hurst said.
"Unfortunately there have been no other developments.
Scientific testing the results of which are also expected by the end of the week may provide some clue to the accelerant that caused the fire that engulfed Isaac and his clothing causing extensive burns to his torso, hands, arms and shoulders.
He was fortunate to escape without damage to either his face or respiratory system.
However Isaac now faces a further six to eight weeks in hospital as he undergoes further surgery and then will endure at least 18 months of rehabilitation.
His uncle Noosa Police Dog Squad Sgt Craig Law told the Sunshine Coast Daily last week his nephew would not still be alive except for the quick response of two 17-year-old Sunshine Beach High School students who immediately doused the flames with a hose when Isaac arrived on their doorstep and then put him into a shower under running water.
Their actions and the work done by Queensland Ambulance Service had ensured he didn't not suffer further from what were already horrific injuries.
"The trauma and pain he was in on the night was unbelievable," Sgt Law said.
"But the doctors said he was fit which has helped.
"On the physical side eventually he will heal.''