14-year-old boy, Isaac Stern, ran to this Sunshine Beach unit complex when he was on fire on Saturday night.
14-year-old boy, Isaac Stern, ran to this Sunshine Beach unit complex when he was on fire on Saturday night. Che Chapman

Boy set alight on Halloween night undergoes surgery

THE 14-year-old St Teresa's Catholic College student badly burnt in an incident at Sunrise Beach on Saturday night has undergone surgery in Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

The operation released pressure from his burns that affected 40% of of Isaac Stern's body.

He now faces at least six weeks in hospital and possibly longer.

Police hope Isaac will be well enough to speak to them later this week. He remains in a coma and is being ventilated.

READ: 14-year-old's screams haunt neighbour of burn victim

Isaac's respiratory system and face are believed to have escaped harm in the incident at 6.30pm Halloween night.

Police say they remain uncertain as to what actually happened and are yet to determine if an accelerant contributed to the intensity of the burns.

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Posted by Sunshine Coast Daily on Sunday, 1 November 2015

Det Sen Sgt Phil Hurst said the boy's tee-shirt alone could not have resulted in the intensity of the fire that engulfed his body.

He has called for anyone who witnessed the incident to talk to police.

Det Sen Sgt Hurst said police had spoken to a number of people who had witnessed the aftermath but have yet to speak to anyone who was certain about how it had happened.

Isaac underwent further surgery last night and faces more as doctors deal with the second and third degree burns to his body.


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