Mum wants oth­ers to be aware of dan­ger

Rutherglen Reformer - - Court - Dou­glas Dickie

A Burn­side mum is warn­ing oth­ers to be aware af­ter she suf­fered hor­ror burns when a wa­ter bot­tle burst over her.

Paula McNee, who suf­fers from fi­bromyal­gia, a con­di­tion that causes pain all over the body, was in bed re­cu­per­at­ing from ill­ness when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Boil­ing hot wa­ter splashed on her bare stom­ach and legs, leav­ing her with sec­ond de­gree burns.

She was at­tended by her hus­band, Paddy, and next door neigh­bour, who is a para­medic, be­fore go­ing to Glas­gow’s Royal In­fir­mary the next day.

Thirty-nineyear-old Paula has since found out that wa­ter bot­tles should be binned af­ter two years. Ad­mit­ting she was relieved it did not hap­pen to her daugh­ters Molly, 6, or Chloe, 15 - she said: “I am ab­so­lutely grate­ful it hap­pened to me rather than one of them. “It was so sore, I was squeal­ing like a baby. “It was like a shock to the sys­tem. I don’t know quite how to de­scribe it. It was like a pain I had never felt be­fore. “I went into a cold bath and that was even worse. It’s a pain that makes you feel phys­i­cally sick. “Be­cause of my fi­bromyal­gia, I am lost with­out heat. I think I’ll get a heat pad now though. “They reckon I am go­ing to have a scar on my stom­ach but it could have been a lot worse.”

Paula had no idea wa­ter bot­tles had a lim­ited life­span and warned par­ents they should check their own stock to make sure their chil­dren are not in dan­ger.

“Be­cause the bot­tle is made of rub­ber, if you don’t use it over the sum­mer it dries out and cracks,” she said. “They should only be used for about two years. That’s some­thing I never knew be­fore.

“This wasn’t a case of the lid fall­ing off, it had ac­tu­ally split. This bot­tle was about six years old.

“I want to get the safety as­pect of this across for par­ents. The doc­tor who treated me said it was a com­mon in­jury, they see it ev­ery day.

“Ap­par­ently you are meant to put cling film on it if it hap­pens.”

Paula was only able to take one day off from her job run­ning Kinder Handl, a so­cial en­ter­prise toy shop based in Mount Florida.

She added: “All the vol­un­teers have been fan­tas­tic, they have been amaz­ing. My hus­band as well was amaz­ing and my neigh­bour was fan­tas­tic.”

Warn­ing Paula McNee wants oth­ers to learn from her own in­ci­dent

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