Nurse left fighting for life with burns to face after heater exploded at pub

A nurse was left fighting for her life on a ventilator and now has severe burns after a heater exploded at a pub, her dad said.

Ashleigh Charlesworth, 27, suffered burns on her face, chest and hands from the incident at the King's Head pub in Great Cornard, Suffolk.

She was rushed to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and was on a ventilator for two days.

Ashleigh, from Colchester, and her cousin, who asked not to be named, are still in hospital after sustaining serious injuries which are potentially life-changing. A man in his 20s has been discharged from hospital.

Ashleigh worked as a paediatric nurse at Colchester Hospital before moving to Virgin Care.

She has needed a skin graft on her hands and has to wear a special face mask to help heal her facial burns and prevent potential infection.

Dad, Paul Charlesworth, said: “Someone brought a heater to the pub but it exploded and Ashleigh and her cousin got sprayed in the face.

“They were badly burned and taken to hospital. Ashleigh was put on a ventilator for two days and needed operations on her hands.

“The doctors are trying their hardest not to do anything to her face as they hope the skin can heal itself.

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“She’s having to wear a special mask on her face still as these types of burns can carry on damaging skin for days.”

Paul, 55, said it is too early to tell how bad the burns have been to his daughter.

"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."

Ashleigh has worked throughout the pandemic and has been giving out vaccines.

Her sister Stacey has a Go Fund Me page so people can give donations to help her out as she recovers.

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