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UMC celebrates burn center's 50th year with large reunion

LAS VEGAS - University Medical Center is celebrating 50 years as the state’s first and only burn center.

A large reunion took place Friday between burn survivors and hospital staff at at Texas Station hotel and casino in North Las Vegas.

Nearly 200 people attended.

When the Lions Burn Care Center first opened in 1968, it started with only four hospital beds. It's grown significantly since then, serving a population now of 2 million people across the valley.

A former patient who was treated for a flesh-eating bacteria attended the event to thank the staff.

"I'm the only quadruple amputee in the world that is a head coach of a softball team. And the way I do it, the way I handle it, it’s pretty amazing. Within five minutes of talking with a girl, they don't see the limitations. They don't see the physical limitations, they don’t see missing hands, they don’t see missing feet, they see Coach Eddie. That is why I am able to go back and do what I do," said Eddie Garcia, former UMC burn center patient.

UMC shared they are one of fewer than five hospitals in the entire nation as a burn center, verified by the American Burn Association as well as the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.


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