Patient suffers severe burns during surgery after fire breaks out at hospital

A patient unconscious on the operating table suffered severe burns after the theatre caught on fire.

The operating room at St John of God Subiaco Hospital in Perth, Australia, caught on fire whilst the unidentified man was undergoing a routine skin procedure.

No one knows what caused the blaze, and health chiefs have launched an urgent investigation, MailOnline reports.

The patient is now being treated at Fiona Stanley Hospital which has a specialist burns unit.

He remains in a critical but stable condition.

St John of God Subiaco Hospital acting chief executive Jenny Brenton said: ‘The patient has been transferred to a tertiary hospital for specialist care.

‘We advised the patient’s family of the situation immediately following the incident and we recognise this is a difficult time for them.

‘We have commenced a full investigation and analysis to determine the cause. We will continue to keep the patient and family informed as this progresses.

‘We are unable to comment any further about the circumstances and details due to privacy laws.’

A 12-year-old boy suffered serious burns after being set on fire by two men in November.

Two hooded men approached the young boy and his friend in Bancroft Park in Blackpool.

They set fire to the victim’s t-shirt with a cigarette lighter after asking him: ‘Do you want to see a magic trick?’

A witness stopped to help and quickly took the boy, who suffered burns across his torso, to hospital.

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