Burns Unit

It only took a split second for 18-month-old Ella’s life to change, and that of her parents.


Ella was only a toddler when she was padding around the kitchen with her grandfather, who was making a cup of tea. 

But in less than a second, Ella reached up for the mug, and poured the scalding hot water all over the left side of her face and tiny body.

When Ella arrived at Princess Margaret Hospital, her mum Chelsea was told their her girl had received between 70-80% burns to her chest and stomach.

“The medical staff thought the scalding water could have travelled into her internal organs and they just didn’t know if she’d survive.”

During a 14 week stay at PMH Hospital’s Burns unit, Ella received constant treatment, including surgery to apply spray skin twice within the first week. It was only three months later that she was allowed to go home for a weekend trip. 


Now almost seven years old, Ella’s treatment continues.  She has received ongoing laser therapy to her burns to help their flexibility and appearance, in addition to numerous surgeries.

“Despite what has happened, we feel incredibly fortunate to have had the support of all the medical staff at PMH, particularly Fiona Wood and her team at the Burns unit.

“Ella is a true survivor, and when she grows up she says she wants to either be a teacher or an astronaut; we are just eternally grateful to PMH for giving her the chance to do either.”

How can you help?

Your bake sale, casual dress day, or marathon run can help the many West Australian children who suffer serious burns and depend on Perth Children’s Hospital for their health. It will also help provide happiness for kids at the hospital, and their families.

You can help by donating, fundraising, attending events and doing lots of other fun activities to raise money for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

These important funds:

  • Train expert doctors and nurses
  • Buy desperately needed medical equipment
  • Support specialist services and therapies
  • Assist the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
  • Enable ground-breaking research
  • Provide essential accommodation for regional families

And much more…

Register your fundraiser today to help other children like Ella lives their happiest and healthiest lives.

Perth Children's Hospital Foundation

We believe all children deserve a chance to live their healthiest and happiest lives; to be able to play and laugh with their siblings and friends; to feel safe and well cared for; to grow up and be whatever they choose to be.

This belief drives all we do.

We are the main fundraising body for Princess Margaret Hospital and the soon to open Perth Children’s Hospital as well as the wider Child & Adolescent Health Service in Western Australia.

We also work hard to promote healthy lifestyle messages to support parents in keeping their children well.

Did you know?

The Total Care Burns Unit is dedicated to treating both acute and post-acute burn patients, as well as surgical patients with complex wound issues.  The Unit  provides the best possible treatment for children who have sustained a burn injury while ensuring the final outcome is worth enduring the pain of treatment.  

As the only paediatric burns unit in Western Australia, the Princess Margaret Hospital Burns Total Care Unit services the entire state, in addition to a number of Northern Territory communities which border WA.

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