Girl, 12, suffers severe facial burns and is unable to go out in the sun after becoming ANOTHER victim of poached egg hack that sees food explode after being microwaved
- Kadie Law, 12, from Bacup, Lancashire, was making a supper snack in October
- Schoolgirl used the ‘microwave poached egg hack’ which she’d spotted online
- But after opening it the water exploded on her and she was rushed to hospital
A schoolgirl has warned against trying the ‘microwave poached egg hack’ after she was hospitalised with severe burns to her face and left unable to go out in the sun for two years following an attempt at the viral cooking trick.
Kadie Law, 12, from Bacup, Lancashire, tried to whip up a supper snack using a method she’d spotted online, which involved putting an egg in a mug of boiling water and blasting it in the microwave for 90 seconds.
But as she reached for a bowl in the cupboard above where the cooked egg was resting, it launched a jet of scalding spray all over Kadie’s face including her eyelids.
Kadie was placed under a cool shower by her mother Kirsty Brown’s quick-thinking fiancé Michael Sale, 29, for 40 minutes before being rushed to hospital, where doctors examined her eyes, which were miraculously unscathed, and tended to her scorched skin.
Cooking eggs in the microwave is dangerous because the yolk becomes ‘superheated’ and can then explode – as such, the online hack has caused several people to suffer burns.
Kadie Law (pictured) has warned against trying the ‘microwave poached egg hack’ after she was hospitalised with severe burns to her face and left unable to go out in the sun for two years following an attempt at the viral cooking trick
Kadie (pictured left, before the incident, and right, after) tried to whip up a supper snack using a method she’d spotted online, which involved putting an egg in a mug of boiling water and blasting it in the microwave for 90 seconds
Now, eight months on from her ordeal, Kadie must always wear factor 50 sunscreen and a hat, isn’t able to wear make-up and can’t go out between 11am and 4pm for the next two years.
Mother-of-three Kirsty, who is also parent to Evlynn Sale, seven, and one-year-old Hallie Sale, is sharing the painful-looking pictures to urge caution about cooking eggs this way.
What are the dangers of microwaving eggs?
Cooking shelled eggs in a microwave is dangerous because the casing holds in heat.
This means that, once you’ve removed the egg from the microwave, it will carry on cooking itself, and any disruption can cause an explosion.
Similar dangers apply when cooking sunny side up or poached eggs in the microwave.
Microwaved yolks are, on average, 22 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than microwaved water.
Pockets of superheated water in the yolk don’t boil immediately because surface tension prevents bubbles forming.
But once this is broken, the suddenly boil and release bubbles rapidly, causing what appears to be an explosion.
Kadie said: ‘It went straight on my eyes, I’m lucky not to be blind. It’s the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced.’
Kirsty recalled: ‘At that age you want to teach them independence. You think the microwave would be safer because pans sometimes spit and the oven can get so hot, you think a microwave would be fine but it gets so hot so quickly.
‘As I was putting Hallie to bed at around 7.30pm I heard an ear-piercing scream but with three young daughters in the house there are a few occasional screams here and there.
‘I could hear her dad saying “quick, get under here” then Evlynn came running up and said Kadie had burned her face.
‘At first I thought it wouldn’t be too bad as kids tend to be dramatic. I came running out of the bedroom and into the bathroom where she was in the shower.
‘I had a look at her and I thought it didn’t look too bad because it was very early on and she just look soaked [from the shower].
‘When I turned her towards me I realised her forehead hadn’t been under the water and I knew we’d have to go to Oldham hospital.’
She continued: ‘I left her under there for 40 minutes while I packed her a bag and wet a load of towels and blankets to take in the car where she lay with them on her face.
‘It was a 30-minute drive to hospital. I was surprised by how calm Kadie was, she wasn’t complaining of pain, while I was frantic.’
Kadie made the snack on Monday October 12, something she’d watched medical science student mother Kirsty do before.
But as Kadie (pictured in hospital after the accident) reached for a bowl in the cupboard above where the cooked egg was resting, it launched a jet of scalding spray all over Kadie’s face including her eyelids
Kadie (pictured after the incident) was placed under a cool shower by her mother Kirsty Brown’s quick-thinking fiancé Michael Sale, 29, for 40 minutes
Unbeknown to Kadie the microwave was on the high setting, not the usual medium and scalding water sprayed all over face – including eyelids, nose and cheeks.
Kirsty rushed Kadie to Royal Oldham Hospital’s A&E where she was assessed and then transferred to the children’s burns unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
There, the top layer of skin from Kadie’s burns was scraped off before applying olive oil on her scorched skin and placing a bandage on the worst section on her forehead.
Kirsty said: ‘At A&E they grabbed Kadie and took her straight through. When you took the towel off you couldn’t really tell the extent of it. You could just see her head was very blistered and the rest of her face was slightly red.
Kadie (pictured with her mother) was rushed to hospital, where doctors examined her eyes, which were miraculously unscathed, and tended to her scorched skin
Now, eight months on from her ordeal, Kadie (pictured in hospital) must always wear factor 50 sunscreen and a hat, isn’t able to wear make-up and can’t go out between 11am and 4pm for the next two years
‘They tested her eyes and they were very happy with them. She was very lucky that she managed to close her eyes just in time.
‘When we got to the burns unit she was put into a large bath, she then got dressed and a nurse came in and scraped the blisters from the top layer of skin off.
‘They used a silver bandage on her forehead then we had to apply olive oil three times a day all over the burns.’
Despite diligently applying the olive oil three times a day as instructed, Kadie’s skin became infected and she needed a seven-day course of antibiotics to clear it up.
Eight months later, Kirsty is urging people to be careful when cooking eggs in this way and wants to raise awareness about how to treat burns.
Mother-of-three Kirsty, who is also parent to Evlynn Sale, seven, and one-year-old Hallie Sale, is sharing the painful-looking images of Kadie (pictured) to urge caution about cooking eggs this way
Kirsty said: ‘It was shocking to see something as simple as cooking an egg cause all that, you don’t expect it at all. I would advise people to use a lower heat [setting] and not use boiling water.
‘I think it’s really important people know that going under cool water is the most important thing you can do for burns, and the longer the better.
‘She can’t go out in the sun. For the next two years Kadie will need to wear factor 50 sun screen, has to wear a hat and she also has to put a cream on twice a day. She is not supposed to go out between 11am and 4pm. She can’t wear make-up either, which she absolutely loves.
‘My advice is if you cook something in the microwave don’t pull it out straight away, if you do, put it somewhere away from you, don’t put it anywhere near you.’
Kadie said: ‘I was cooking a snack. I was making poached egg on toast, supper at around 7.30pm. I boiled water, put it in the glass jug, cracked an egg into it and put it in the microwave.
‘I learned how to do it from a recipe online and I’ve watched mum make them before. I didn’t realise the microwave was on high and put it in for one minute 30 seconds.
It comes after a nurse, Alice Seymour (pictured), from Manchester, was hospitalised with second-degree burns to her face and arms after attempting the popular cooking trick
Speaking to FEMAIL, Alice said she was ‘scared’ as her boyfriend rushed her to hospital. Her injury is pictured
‘I let the egg cook until the microwave “pinged”. I put it on the side then I went to get a bowl from a cupboard above the microwave. I got it and I looked down and then it exploded in my face.
‘The water was hotter than boiling point because it had been in the microwave after it had been boiled.’
It comes after a nurse was hospitalised with second-degree burns to her face and arms after attempting the popular cooking trick.
Alice Seymour, 27, from Manchester, said she’d seen the trick of making a poached egg in a microwave online and decided to try it after getting home from a shift.
But disaster soon hit when she opened the microwave door and the water exploded in her face, meaning she was rushed to hospital.
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Alice said: ‘It was really scary. I just got in from a shift, I’d put the hot water into the jug, cracked an egg in it, put it in the microwave. It was the first time I’d tried it.
‘It just exploded. My boyfriend drove me to A&E and I was in so much pain. I kind had to guess what had happened,’ she added.
Following the 2019 accident, Alice, who was 25 at the time, had to take a month off work to avoid contracting an infection.
She added that if she wasn’t wearing her glasses she would have been blinded and that’s she speaking out now after seeing stories of other people being injured in the same way.
‘Just don’t do it, poached your egg in a pan,’ she added.
BURNS – WHAT ARE THEY, AND HOW DO YOU TREAT THEM?
Burns are damage to the skin caused by dry heat, such as an iron or a fire.
This is different to scalds, which occur due to wet heat like hot water or steam.
Burns can be very painful and may cause:
- Red or peeling skin
- White or charred skin
But the amount of pain a person feels is not always related to how serious the burn is.
Even a very serious burn can be painless.
To treat a burn:
- Remove the heat source
- Cool with cool or lukewarm running water for 20 minutes. Do not use ice
- Remove any nearby clothing or jewellery unless it is stuck to the skin
- Keep the person warm with a blanket
- Cover the burn with clingfilm
- Use painkillers like paracetamol if necessary
- If the face or eyes are burnt, keep sitting up to reduce swelling
Burns that require immediate A&E treatment are:
- Chemical or electrical
- Large or deep – bigger than the injured person’s hand
- Those that cause white or charred skin
- Those on the face, hands, limbs, feet or genitals that blister
Pregnant women, children under five, the elderly, those with a weak immune system and people suffering from a medical condition, like diabetes, should also go to hospital.
Treatment depends on what layers of the skin are affected.
In severe cases, a skin graft may be required.
Source: NHS Choices
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