By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Two minor boys – a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old — injured during the Jan. 18 Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo, gasoline duct explosion have been flown to the Shriners Hospital in Galveston, Texas, for treatment.
Both considered to be in critical condition, the youngest boy suffered burns of 83 percent of his body, while the elder boy endured burns on 70 percent of his body, according to their physicians.
Both were transferred to Galveston over the weekend of Jan. 19-20.
Another child who was slated to be transferred to Galveston died of cardiac arrest.
Survival rates for patients are generally directly related to the extent of the body that is burned and the age of the patient, with younger victims facing a less positive prognosis.
The damage to internal organs also affects survival rates.
Considered one of the premier treatment centers for burn victims worldwide, the Shriners Hospital in Galveston is part of a network of 22 nonprofit hospitals across North America run by the Freemasonic organization.
At Shriners hospitals, children with burns, orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries and cleft palates receive care in a family-centered environment, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
As of Tuesday, Jan. 22, the causality toll for the tragic explosion, which occurred at an illegal tap of Mexico’s Tuxpan-Tula fuel pipeline when hundreds of people rushed in to collect free gasoline during a severe shortage provoked by a month-old government program to crack down of huachicoleo (gasoline piracy), stood at 93 deaths, 46 hospitalized and at least 60 missing, according to Mexican Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer Varela.