I attempted poaching an egg in a microwave – I received badly burned, could not go outdoors, or w … – The Irish Solar
On October 12, 2020, Kirsty Brown was putting her daughter Hallie to bed when she heard a piercing scream from the kitchen.
At first, the mother of three, 34, from Bacup, Lancashire, didn’t think much of it as she was used to the playful calls of her children.
Kadie Law suffered severe burns to her cheek, eyelids, and nose after attempting a viral egg hackPhoto credit: Kennedy News
But when her fiancé Michael Sale, 29, yelled at her to look at 12-year-old Kadie’s eyes, she knew something was seriously wrong.
While her mother was putting her one-year-old sister to bed, Kadie Law thought she was going to put some poached eggs on toast with a hack she’d seen online.
The student explained, “I boiled water, put it in the glass jug, cracked an egg and put it in the microwave.
“I learned it from a recipe on the Internet and I’ve seen my mother prepare it before.”
Kirsty brought her daughter to Oldham A&EPhoto credit: Kennedy News
Kadie was transferred to a child incineration unitPhoto credit: Kennedy News
However, Kadie did not notice that the microwave was left on the highest setting when she put the egg in for 90 seconds.
After Kadie took it out of the microwave, she put the glass jug aside and reached into a cupboard above it.
But when she fumbled for a bowl, it sprayed her face with a jet of hot water – and left severe burns on the lids, cheeks and nose.
“I have [the bowl] and I looked down and then it exploded in my face, ”Kadie explained. “The water was hotter than the boiling point because it was in the microwave after it was boiled.
I am lucky not to be blind. It’s the most painful thing I’ve ever seen
“I’m lucky not to be blind. It’s the most painful thing I’ve ever known.”
Fortunately for Kadie, her quick-thinking future stepfather told her to run cool water over her face in the shower immediately afterwards.
The mother continued, “I looked at her and thought it didn’t look too bad because it was very early and she just looked soaked [from the shower].
“As I turned her to face me, I realized her forehead was not under the water and I knew we had to go to Oldham Hospital.
“I left her there for 40 minutes while I packed a bag for her and wet a load of towels and blankets to take into the car where she lay with them on her face.”
The mother didn’t think the burns were too bad after her daughter rinsed her face in cold water for 40 minutesPhoto credit: Kennedy News
Fortunately, Kadie closed her eyes in timePhoto credit: Kennedy News
During the half-hour drive to the hospital, Kirsty said her daughter was surprisingly calm while she remained “frantic” with worry.
Kadie was originally admitted to the A&E at Royal Oldham Hospital before she was transferred to the Children’s Cremation Department at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Kirsty said, “At A&E they grabbed Kadie and got her right through.
“When you took the towel off, you couldn’t really see the extent. You could only see that her head was very blistered and the rest of her face was slightly red.
The pre-teen can’t leave the house every day between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or wear makeup for the next two yearsPhoto credit: Kennedy News
“They tested their eyes and were very happy with them. She was very lucky that she managed to close her eyes just in time.”
Once she was misplaced, the top layer of Kadie’s burns was scraped off before olive oil was applied to her burned skin and a bandage was placed on the worst part of her forehead.
Despite carefully using the olive oil three times a day as directed, Kadie’s skin still became infected and took seven days of antibiotic treatment to clear it up.
Eight months after the accident, Kadie was advised not to leave the house for the next two YEARS between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to avoid further damage to her skin by sunlight.
Kirsty hopes her daughter’s story will prevent further accidentsPhoto credit: Kennedy News
In addition, the teenager is not allowed to use make-up, which Kirsty says she absolutely loves.
The mother added, “She cannot go out in the sun. For the next two years, Kadie has to wear sunscreen with a factor of 50, has to wear a hat and she also has to apply an emollient cream twice a day and shouldn’t go out between 11am and 4pm. “
Now Kirsty is pushing people against this egg boiling hack and wants Kadie’s experience to draw attention to burn treatment.
She continued, “This is the age at which they want to be taught independence.
You think the microwave is safer because pans sometimes spit and the oven can get so hot you think a microwave would be fine, but it gets hot so quickly.
“You think the microwave is safer because pans sometimes spit and the oven can get so hot that you think a microwave is okay, but it gets hot so quickly.
“It was shocking to see that something as simple as boiling an egg does all of this, you don’t expect it at all.
“I would advise people to use a lower heat [setting] and do not use boiling water.
“I think it’s really important that people know that the most important thing is to get under cool water to treat burns, and the longer the better.
“My advice is if you cook something in the microwave, don’t pull it out right away. If you put it away from you, don’t put it near you.”
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