ROCKINGHAM mother Te-marama Loo was furious and distraught after her daughter Amaleya (3) sustained serious burns to her feet after a trip to Point Peron hunting Pokemon.
Mrs Loo said someone had let a campfire burn out on the beach and Amaleya walked through the hot ashes. Ameleya was treated at Rockingham General Hospital and now visits Princess Margaret Hospital for regular dressing changes.
“My friends and I took my 8-yr-old son and two younger children Pokemon hunting at the beach last Wednesday at about 5pm,” Mrs Loo said.
“As my girls and I walked down the rocks, Amaleya was excited to play at beach and ran ahead by three metres while I helped my little one down the rocks.
“As we got to the bottom, I was now only two metres away and Amaleya jumped straight into the white ashes.
“Straight away she jumped out screaming in pain.”
Mrs Loo picked Amaleya up and dipped her feet in the beach water.
“Once my friends saw how bad they were, we rushed to the car and found fresh water and something to put her feet in.
“We rushed home to run her feet under cold running water for 30 minutes.
“The whole time she was screaming.
“She cried so hard she soiled herself and then fell asleep still cringing.”
Mrs Loo and her husband then took Amaleya to hospital.
“It was very hard to take her feet out of water and into bandages, even after taking strong pain killers,” Mrs Loo said.
“She has been much more comfortable since they have been wrapped and does really well when dressing change occurs at PMH.
“Peeling skin off was also distressing for us all.”
Mrs Loo said the people who lit the fire were inconsiderate for not putting it out properly.
“There was no limit to the water available at the beach to put the fire out,” she said.
“I would hate for anybody else to go through what my daughter did in an innocent act of fun,” she said.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said fires are not permitted on any beach within the City of Rockingham at any time of year without a permit.
He said Point Peron is part of Rockingham Lakes Regional Park and is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
“If camp fires were observed within the area they would be reported to the responsible entity,” he said.
The City’s SmartWatch service conducts regular patrols of Point Peron to observe and report on anti-social behaviour.