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Burned opera fire-blower released from hospital
MAYWOOD, ILL. (AP) - A fire-blowing stilt-walker with the Lyric Opera of Chicago who suffered second-degree burns during a dress rehearsal was released from the hospital Thursday.
Dr. Arthur Sanford of Loyola University Medical Center said Wesley Daniel, 24, should heal within two weeks. He equated the injuries to a “deep sunburn,” and said that within six months, the incident should likely be a “bad memory.”
Daniel was rehearsing Monday for the opera “Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg” when he had to swig flammable liquid and spit it onto a torch he was holding. Witnesses described him staggering off stage and falling to the floor.
The hospital released a picture of a Daniel with bandages over his face, head and left hand and giving an “OK” sign.
Clifton Daniel says his son hasn’t been able to give a cause for the accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration visited the opera after the incident. The opera has said it is fully cooperating.
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