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Derek Thomas Story

Derek Thomas Story

After 11 months of treatment at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center Derek Thomas returned home to San Diego on July 19, 2011.

Follow Derek's inspirational story by clicking on each of these images.

Derek Thomas celebrates arrival in Burn Unit with family and Burn staff after 4.5 months in Burn ICU

Celebrating Christmas at West Hills Hospital with Santa

Derek Thomas taking first steps with Physical Therapist Sandy Moss and Aide Eric Kieffer

Derek brings Smokey up to his room during the Dozer BBQ

Firefighter’s Quest For Burn Survivors visit Derek Thomas at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital

Derek with Lead Surgeon, Dr. Peter Grossman and Physician’s Assistant, Kurt Richards

Derek Thomas walks out of West Hills Hospital with parents after 11 months, Grossman burn nurses and staff and family cheers him on

Derek with Dr. Peter Grossman at his farewell party

Derek with Grossman burn nurse Trish Slaten

Derek Thomas’ Press Conference on day of his release. Beverly Gilmore, President & CEO of West Hills Hospital, Dr. Peter Grossman, Grossman Burn Center Medical Director and Derek’s Lead Surgeon, and WHH Specialists

Derek and parents, Paula and Randy Thomas wave goodbye to West Hills Hospital.

OR Burn staff with Derek at WHH reception

West Hills Hospital and Beverly Gilmore celebrate Derek’s accomplishments with a reception

Kelli Rix, Nursing Director welcomes Derek back

The burn nurses and staff welcome Derek as he returns to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital for his one week follow-up appointment