Two Oklahoma boys suffered second and third-degree burns while at a water park with their day care this weekend.
The day care told their mother that the staff didn’t have sunscreen at the water park, so they told the kids to keep their clothes on instead and that her sons didn’t listen.
“I dropped them off at Happiness Is a Learning Center at 9 a.m., and that day they were going to Splash Pad, a local water park,” Broadway told BuzzFeed Life.
“I got off work at 5 p.m. and went to pick them up, and they were clearly burned. [The employees] were actually making fun of my older son, because both boys got sunburns but he was being a ‘baby’ and crying about it,” she said.
“It was common sense that they shouldn’t have been out in the sun all day, even if they wore their clothes,” Broadway said. “The heat index was 118 degrees in Vinita that day. The news was telling us not to be outside.”
By early Saturday morning, the burns began to blister and the boys were in excruciating pain.
On Sunday, the boys were flown to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas. Both boys had second-degree burns, but her oldest suffered third-degree burns as well. “My oldest is a redhead so he’s more fair-skinned and his burn was much worse,” his mom said.
“The white stuff is Silvadene cream,” Broadway explained. “What you can’t see is that there are a bunch of tiny blisters forming on his skin underneath the cream, which is why it looks like that.”
The family filed a report with the local police department and are in the process of finding an attorney.
The boys are currently being treated at Shriners until they become stable enough to return home.