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2 burned Ukrainian children being treated at Boston hospital

The children arrived in Boston late Wednesday, each one accompanied by one of their parents.

A view of damage after heavy fighting in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine. AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov


BOSTON (AP) — A Boston hospital specializing in pediatric burn victims says its treating two children recently flown from Ukraine with severe burns.

Shriners Children’s Boston said Thursday that two children were transported by air ambulance, and arrived in Boston late Wednesday, each one accompanied by one of their parents.

The hospital said it’s not able to share additional information regarding the children or their medical conditions at this time but will be holding a media briefing Friday.

It said it will providence further updates as its staff learns more about the children and obtains permissions to share the information.

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The Shriners Children’s healthcare system, which is based in Tampa, Florida and operates more than 20 medical facilities in North America, says it’s provided medical help to Ukrainian children dating as far back as the 1990s for children affected by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

“Due to the current state of affairs in Ukraine, the country’s medical infrastructure is understandably challenged,” John McCabe, executive vice president of the Shriners Children’s healthcare system, said in a statement. “We are uniquely positioned to help these children from Ukraine, because our physicians, nurses and therapists have extensive experience in providing care for children who suffer life-threatening burn injuries, including in natural disaster or other urgent situations.”

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