By Myra Charleston
Looking back on the last few months, Merv Randle expresses some outrage over the medical communitys lack of expertise in treating burn victims in general and himself in particular. Merv is Chairman of the Nelson Giants Basketball Team and host of Merv & the Mad Chef, a popular two hour television talk show in New Zealand. Callers ring in live on the air to discuss or argue about any topic.
Home from a trip with wife Heather, Merv was unpacking their RV in the garage the evening of January 4, 1999. Heather had already gone in the house when Merv grabbed the carryall bag that had ridden most of the way home on top of some chilly-bins (coolers in the USA). The bag had dropped behind the chilly-bins and the strap had fallen over the lever of a LPG cylinder.
According to Merv, when he pulled on the bag it opened the lever, turned the bottle on its side and the liquid gas escaped. Fighting the inevitable, Merv tried to turn off the cylinder. The explosion threw him out of the garage onto the driveway.
Mr. Randles first thoughts were that he was a dead man, then that he had to rescue his wife. Access through the garage was impossible due to the fire so he ran to the locked front door and kicked out the glass to try and alert her. Heather had already spotted the fire and was calling emergency services. Knowing she was safe, Merv went to a neighbors house and spent an hour in the shower until an ambulance came to take him to the hospital.
The freak accident left Merv with 2nd degree burns over 40% of his body. Affected areas included his face, arms, neck and legs. Please take a look at picture number one, taken on January 8, 1999(or 8 January 1999 if you are in New Zealand), after 4 days in the hospital.
Mike Foster, of EMEA, caught Merv at his
Merv tells us that the emu oil softened the burnt skin, allowing movement without it cracking. He was so impressed with the oil that he cut off the plastic skin that had been applied to his leg to prevent infection (and wasnt working). After five days use I had a warm shower and most of the blackened skin fell off leaving soft pink new skin. Says this 17 stone (238 pound) giant It was very delicate, but at least it was skin. He went on to tell us that some areas like the lips, nose and ear lobes took a bit longer to heal and that aside from some small scars on his neck, you could not tell he had been burned. Merv says that the pain was extreme but that within twelve hours the skin had softened and he was much more comfortable.
When he went back to see his surgeon six weeks
after the accident, the man was astounded at the improvement and remarked that
he hadnt done much for Merv. Merv replied Youre bloody right
about that! In the course of their
One good thing that came from this experience was that the District Nurse who was daily visiting Merv noticed the speed and improvement to his condition. She explained to Merv that she was nursing a little girl with burnt hands and asked to borrow some oil. Shes now sold on the oil, and carries a jar in her medical bag. says Merv.
Merv tells us that "Merv and the Mad
Chef" is being replaced for 13 weeks
with a new talkback show he will be hosting called Ive been doing it.
He will be interviewing local candidates in the up coming elections and
encouraging people to phone in with their own questions. He can be reached via
email at Merv@Randle.co.nz
We would like to thank Mike Foster, of EMEA, for putting us in contact with Merv Randle so we could share this amazing story with you. Mike can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his site at: http://www.homepage.co.nz/nelson/emea-emu-oil/
Phone New Zealand (64) 3 544 0324
Mailing Address 230 Pugh Road
This information is provided for educational purposes only. For medical diagnosis and treatment, see your physician.