Michael Brewer, the 15-year-old Deerfield Beach boy who on Monday was doused in rubbing alcohol and set ablaze, will remain hospitalized for months at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, where doctors said Wednesday that the boy's face and hands were spared serious damage.
Speaking to reporters, Dr. Nicholas Namias, of the hospital's Burns, Trauma and Surgical Care unit, said the burns scorched 65 percent of Michael's body and that jumping into the pool following the attack may have helped save his life.
Doctors were hopeful of Michael's recovery, but said the next few days would be critical because of the severity of the burns, Namias said.
``Resuscitation is going as well as can be hoped for, but it would not be fair to say everything is OK,'' Namias said. ``This is a terrible, terrible thing that will change his life forever.''
Namias, who has worked with burn victims at Ryder since 1998, said he had never treated such severe burns on a person so young in age.
He said Michael is heavily bandaged and will stay in the intensive care unit for months.
Charged in the attack are five teens who attend Deerfield Beach Middle School.
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