Lucas goes to DC
Lucas Parra represented MUSC Children's Hospital when he talked with members of Congress about his health journey and the importance of children’s health care.
Lucas was making chocolate milk one day in 2013, when the stool slid from under him, and he caught a pot of boiling water on the way down. Only 6 years old at the time, he suffered third-degree burns on his arm and shoulder and second-degree burns on his face.
Lucas spent months in and out of MUSC and needed a skin graft from his shoulder to his elbow. But Lucas, now 9, caught back up in school and now attends burn camp every summer with other children who have had similar experiences.
He loves to act, sing, dance, draw and play with his Pokemon cards. He’s not scared of anything – not even the kitchen -- and when someone stares at his scars, he asks them, “How would you feel if this happened to you?”
His biggest life change is wearing a protective shirt whenever he’s in the sun. One of his burn camp counselors made such an impression on him that Lucas wants to be just like his counselor when he grows up: a firefighter.