Kitchen safety

Mother warns others about safety in kitchen after spilling cooking oil, suffering 3rd degree burns

HOUSTON – As a mother and avid cook, Clarissa Montgomery has made tortilla chips countless times, but while she was in the kitchen just over a week ago, she suffered a very serious accident. Now the mother is healing at Memorial Hermann’s Burn Unit and sending a strong message to others from her hospital bed.

“It was and continues to be very, very painful,” Montgomery said.

On June 14, a routine trip to the kitchen to fry tortilla chips left the wife and mother of two in excruciating pain. Montgomery now has second and third degree burns covering 30% of his body.

“They are all over my back and both sides of my legs. Quite expansive,” Montgomery said.

The primary school teacher was on her last batch of the night, when she said she had made a big mistake by not picking up the tokens from him. A simple gesture that would change his life forever.

“I scooped them up towards me and the whole pan of boiling oil fell on me, then I slipped on the oil and fell to the floor,” Montgomery said.

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The severe burns left behind are too visible for us to show, but turned out to be so severe that during a follow-up appointment, doctors decided to admit him to Memorial Hermann’s burn unit.

“So now we’re talking about skin grafts, possible skin grafts and debridement, that’s where they literally scrape off all the dead skin,” Montgomery said.

Since the incident, she has received an outpouring of support. A GoFundMe was set up to help Montgomery with medical expenses.

Montgomery now pays him with advice, hoping to prevent others from making the same mistake.

“Accidents can happen when you’re unaware, and I think for me, I wasn’t aware that there was danger right in front of me,” Montgomery said.

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Montgomery now has a decision to make on whether to get skin grafts, which would mean a healing process of around four weeks, or not to get the grafts, which would take the healing process to take around four weeks. month. A decision she hopes others who love to cook will never have to make.

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