Fundraiser held for boy burned in chemistry accident


Posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 10:20 PM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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COVINGTON, La. -- One child is still in the hospital after suffering burns during a chemistry experiment gone wrong at a St. Scholastica summer camp in Covington Monday.

The chemical reaction sent one teacher and one other student to the hospital to be treated for burns, but both have since been treated and released.

Now, the Northshore community is coming together to help the student that still remains in critical condition.

It was suppose to be just another day at summer camp at St. Scholastic Academy. Students were learning how to convert sugar to carbon, but instead something went wrong with the chemistry experiment and a teacher and two children were burned.
One of those children was nine-year-old Will Ragan, who is still on a ventilator in critical condition at a Shreveport hospital after suffering second and third degree burns on his arms and chest.
"I was shocked, I was so surprised," said Beverly Salvetti. "I was a nurse for 30 some years so I know what the little kid has to go through and it just tugs at my heart."
Salvetti has been Will's swim coach for years and says his absence at swim practice this week has been tough for the other kids. "The kids will ask after him everyday, they will say, 'How is Will? Have you heard from him?'" said Salvetti.
"I was devastated, said Adam Coigent Will's teammate. "I just hope that everything goes well and he gets recuperated."
Teammates describe will as fun and friendly and now they want to do what they can to help.
"Immediately, we decided to do a fundraiser for him to help out with payments," said Coigent. "The car wash is one of the main things to help out with money."
Friends and family say there is no doubt he will make a fast recovery. When asked if he is a fighter, friend and teammate Gabriel Prator said, "Yes," without hesitation.
Already, his teammates have collected $270, but they still need more.
The swim team plans to hold a car wash Sunday, June 30 at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Mandville. It will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all donations will go to Will's family.
If you would like to donate, Franco's Athletic Club is also accepting donations. Those donations can be addressed to Fins swim team and sent to 100 Bon Temps Roule Mandeville, La. 70471.