Cassie Hodges’ partner was making soup last Friday when the terrifying accident happened.
Cassie and Mark from Gouldburn NSW have shared their horrifying accident in the hopes of preventing it happening to anyone else.
Cassie has written about what happened and posted images of her wounds to Facebook.
Just moments earlier she had been holding her 12-week-old son in the kitchen. She is so thankful it didn’t happen at that time.
Cassie writes, “Please SHARE . I want people to be aware of the dangers of using a pressure cooker .
On Friday the 17 of June 2016 my partner Mark decided to cook some soup , having left it too late to slow cook it he chucked it in the pressure cooker . Selected the “soup” option and walked away .
25 minutes later I walked into the kitchen holding my 12 week old son, I called out to my partner that the soup was ready, he came in, I left to put my son in the lounge room to help my partner dish dinner, I told my two older children to go sit with him.
I walked back in to the kitchen and Mark let the pressure release valve off to release the pressure, the steam came out the top as normal. Then I heard a click, suddenly I knew the lid unlocked and the next minute I was hit with something .
The lid had unlocked and because it hadn’t finished releasing the pressure the lid flew off and the entire contents hit me like as if someone chucked a bucket of water at me, the noise of it was a loud sizzle . I immediately screamed .
My partner was holding his stomach and he pulled his arm back and his skin was all peeled off , I removed my singlet and ran to the shower , we called the ambulance . 3 ambulance and one ambulance car came followed by a fire truck .
I have severe burns to majority of both my arms my chest and my stomach . My daughter was in shock and was screaming in fear whilst watching me scream in fear also . The next day ( Saturday ) I had been taken to the Sydney burns unit at concord hospital where they removed my bandages to expose large blisters , I was told I had to have all my dead burnt skin removed by scraping with a rough towel and biobrane ( a pig skin/fat tissue ) applied immediatel , with just endone and panadol I went ahead , I have never felt such pain in my life .
They then bandaged me up and now day 4 I’m laying in bed knowing it will be yet another painful night . I haven’t seen my girls since Saturday morning and my 12 week old son has been with a friend each day as we cannot look after him, my partner Mark has a deep burn to his stomach because he didn’t get into the water as he wanted me to be ok his is much smaller but still deep and very painful . We are both heavily medicated .
Mark has to feed me like a baby, hold me whilst I cry through the pain and do everything else I need for me. I will be ok , but I want to share my story, these pressure cookers are not safe, I want the one I used recalled and I want people to be aware of the dangers , we did nothing wrong the machine unlocked prematurely, it should stay locked and unable to be opened until the pressure is all gone.
Please share this far and wide and throw your cookers out, or better yet, demand a refund. They are not worth it . 2 minutes earlier I was holding my son, my poor son could have been hurt . We are lucky ! I want to make sure this never happens to anyone ever again.
Please share and help me prevent this happening to someone else !”
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WARNING – distressing images below.
We wish them a very speedy recovery.
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