Meet Zed Merrick, a two-year-old whose second degree burns were healed with the Spray-On Skin treatment
A toddler who suffered horrific burns has made a full recovery after undergoing pioneering new surgery - where doctors sprayed on a new layer of skin. Two-year-old Zed Merrick was left with second degree burns across this chest and shoulder after knocking a cup of tea off a kitchen worktop.
Doctors carried out a “revolutionary” new treatment where they made a solution from Zed’s own skin cells and sprayed it over his burns. And just four months after the life-changing treatment Zed’s burns have completely disappeared - leaving him scar free.
Spray-on skin is a patented skin culturing treatment for burns victims, developed by scientist Marie Stoner and plastic surgeon Dr Fiona Wood of Perth, Western Australia. Wood’s treatment is under ongoing development. Where previous techniques of skin culturing required 21 days to produce enough cells to cover major burns, Wood has reduced the period to five days. Through research, she found that scarring is greatly reduced if replacement skin could be provided within 10 days. Dr Wood’s reported goal is “scarless woundless healing”.
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