Dec 28, 2014 7:08 PM
MEREDITH - A boy from the Lakes Region is back home, but still recovering, after suffering second-degree burns to his face the day after Christmas.
Brytin, age 9, said he was playing with a friend in the woods near his True Rd. home on Dec. 26 when they found a red tank filled with a gasoline and diesel fuel mixture.
"He found a white lighter and he had the idea of making a little fire near the woods," Brytin told NH1. "He lit a leaf, and as soon as he threw it down the flames came up and I got burned."
Brytin's mom, Tonya Paradise, quickly told him to get in the shower, which cooled down his skin. Then she called 9-1-1.
The boy was brought to an area hospital, and eventually transferred to the burn center at Shriner's Hospital in Boston.
"It hurts and it stings," Brytin said. "It burns a lot."
He returned home on Saturday, where his mother has been continuing to care for him.
"We have to put Bacitracin on it, and his lips are completely burned so we have to put Vaseline on that," Paradise said.
Doctors told Paradise it could be several weeks before they can determine how much permanent damage Brytin will suffer, including scarring.
Paradise said she had spoken to her son about fire safety many times before this happened, but 'kids will be kids'.
"Even though you tell them not to do it, they're still going to try to do it," Paradise said.
Asked what Brytin wants other kids to know, he said: "Not to play with fire like I did."
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