Imagine that your 11-year-old son has just accidentally set himself on fire, and has burns over much of his body. You would probably want him treated at a pediatric emergency room, which specializes in children's injuries.
Six years ago, there were no such facilities. Today there are more than 350, and the field is growing. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is one of the country's busiest, with about 80,000 visits a year.
In 1998, 48 Hours went behind the scenes at Cincinnati Children's Hospital for a firsthand look at two days and nights of fast-paced lifesaving.
Saturday Night In The ER: Correspondent Bill Lagattuta spent a Saturday night in the ER, and saw a wide range of cases, from trivial to serious. Among them, young Dewey Bryant, is brought in after being hit by a car.
Fighting To Save Badly Burned Boy: Correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports on the case of Adam Dalton, who has an accident after playing with paint thinner and who ends up covered with serious burns. Will he survive?
A Quiet Night Turns Busy: Correspondent Bill Lagattuta was there as doctors treated Brooke Steiner, a teen-age girl who was run over by a tractor.
Update: Long, Difficult Recoveries: Find out what has happened to Adam Dalton and Brooke Steiner since they were hurt in 1998.
Aired: 24 Aug 2000