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 - Sacrifice ol Four Braie Women SAVED A YOUNG...
Sacrifice ol Four Braie Women SAVED A YOUNG GIRLS LIFE CURIOUS CASE OF SHJtX - GRAFTXSG AT SAX RAFAEL Jessie Prondfoot Is Supplied With Ken Cuticle From the Bodies of Volunteering Friend Jessie Proudfoot the twelve - year - old daughter of William Proudfoot has suffered agonies at her fathers some Is San Rafael slncelast July because of unhealed sores extending from shoulder to knee on the right side of her body The cuticle had been wholly destroyed by fire The girl might have died had it not been for Mrs M Blumenthat a benevolently Inclined lady of wealth who not only gave some of her own skis that Jessie might be cured but so en listed the sympathy ot three other ladies that they did likewise Ind - dentaUy the surgeons have had a very lnterestlng case of skin grafting which promises to be entirely successfut and little Jessie wiU soon be on the road to recovery It was on July 20th that Jessie and some playmates started bonfire In the woods Jessies dress caught fire and before assistance arrived she was so frightfully burned that her life was despared of Her father was at Bowlder Creek Santa Cruz county where he Is manager of the Dollar Lumber Com pany and he could only visit home occasionally Mrs Proudfoot has three younger children to look after an1 was nearly worn out with care and nursing the little sufferer when Mrs Blumen - thal and other kind neighbors became Interested in the case Although she suffered lndiscribable pain Jessie never complained Her sweet face which fortunately shows no mark of fire grown thin and pale with suffering has ever bees wreathed In smiles to welcome visitors For months she has lain in a darkened room on a cot that might be considered small for a baby and during the entire time on her left side The cot is covered with a wire screen over which the bedclothes are laid for the weight of a soft layer ot cotton even over those never - healing wounds was a species of torture City Physician Jones of San Rafael and Dr Walker of San Francisco were called to attend the case When they found that new cuticle must be supplied before the wounds would heal on six different occasions they grafted skin from dogs but always without success They were almost In despair for the little patient had been greatly weakened by the operations when Mrs Blumenthal came forward and offered to submit to the surgeons knife Mrs Blumenthal did not offer to tnake 1 the sacrifice on the spur of the moment but after mature deliberation and then succeeded In convincing three lady rela tives that they Ought to do likewise The operation was performed last Satur day Mrs Blumenthal permitted the surgeons to remove nearly fifty square Inches of cuticle Smaller patches were removed from the bodies other friends and the whole was skillfully grafted upon the Uttie girls burns The largest sore covered was 9x15 Inches Drs Jones and Walker say that the operation has been successful and that the new cuticle is already taking hold nicely Jessie must He perfectly still for nine long days to Insure success and thus far she has been a model patient In that direction She says already that she feels better and there is every rea son to believe that within a few months she Will be again restoreLto health

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 26 Nov 1895, Tue,
  3. Page 14

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