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Cousins Suffer 'Life-Changing' Injuries After Heater Explodes At Pub

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Cousins Suffer 'Life-Changing' Injuries After Heater Explodes At Pub

It's feared two cousins have been left with 'life-changing' injuries after a heater exploded at a pub, engulfing the pair in flames.

April Charlesworth, from Sudbury, Suffolk, was out with Ashleigh Charlesworth, 27, to celebrate her birthday last month (24 April), when they were caught in the horrific blaze.

The pair were badly injured after a portable heater, which had been brought to the pub by a fellow customer at the Kings Head Pub in Suffolk, burst in flames.

April, 28, and Ashleigh were rushed to hospital, where they were placed on ventilators, and it is now feared that the burns to their hands and face may be 'life-changing'.

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Since the incident, GoFundMe pages have been set up for them both to help with their treatment and recovery.

April Charlesworth. Credit: SWNS
April Charlesworth. Credit: SWNS

Doctors have given April donor skin whilst she recovers, but the full extent of her injuries is not yet known.

She said: "I am in constant pain. Some days are harder and some days are better than others.

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"I have been having panic attacks since it happened. I do not remember going to sleep and I was very confused when I woke up.

"I have had my mum here with me every day. I wouldn't have got through it without her."

Because of the fact she has been in hospital, April, a support worker for Your Life Care Solutions, has not seen her son, Franklin Avery, seven, since the incident.

"My son has not seen me since I went in to hospital - I do not want him to see me at the moment," she said.

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Her friends have since started a fundraising page, which has already seen over £4,000 donated in just a few days.

Ashleigh Charlesworth. Credit: SWNS
Ashleigh Charlesworth. Credit: SWNS

Ashleigh, who worked as a paediatric nurse at Colchester Hospital, Essex, before moving to Virgin Care, has had to have skin grafts on her hands.

According to reports, she also has to wear a special face mask to help heal her burns and prevent potential infection.

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Ashleigh's dad Paul, 55, said it is too early to tell the true extent of his daughter's injuries.

"She is in extreme pain and needs to have her skin chemically cleaned," he said.

"What's happened has only sunk in for Ashleigh over the last couple of days.

"It's so unfortunate, as she is such a hero who does so much for the NHS."

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The incident happened at the Kings Head pub in Great Cornard, Suffolk. Credit: SWNS
The incident happened at the Kings Head pub in Great Cornard, Suffolk. Credit: SWNS

Suffolk Police has said that no arrests have been made with regards to the incident but that a man has been voluntarily interviewed.

A spokesperson for the force said: "The two females remain in hospital receiving treatment for their injuries.

"Their condition is described as stable and their injuries are life-changing.

"One of them is at Broomfield, Chelmsford and the other is at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.

"No arrests have been made or charges. However, a man has been interviewed voluntarily regarding the incident.

"Enquiries are ongoing in regards to the circumstances."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Injuries, Police, Pub, Health

Dominic Smithers
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