Medicine: Spreading the Graft

For anybody as badly burned as Albert Padgett, the prospect was grim: he could expect to spend many months in the hospital, much of the time in such severe pain that he would have to be kept in bed on opiates. For Padgett, 28, a day laborer, had 50% to 60% of his body burned (most of it with third-degree severity) in a gasoline explosion and fire in mid-September. But within six weeks, Padgett was up and about and bathing himself. Last week he walked out of Aiken (S.C.) County Hospital, was due back at work within two months.

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