The local community is raising funds for the La Cumbre Jr. High School teacher who was injured during a sulfuric acid spill on Monday.
Kim Ramirez is currently receiving treatment for her injuries at the Grossman Burn Center in the Los Angeles area and is in stable condition.
Ramirez is a science teacher at the local school and she suffered significant chemical burns from a 1-quart spill of the acid in a classroom. There were no students in the classroom at the time of her injury, but officials evacuated the area to clean-up the spill. She was then rushed to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital who decided to airlift her to the specialty burn center where she’s expected to undergo multiple surgeries over the next few weeks.
Friends and family have created a GoFundMe page to raise funds to help with medical expenses and recovery efforts. As of Thursday morning, the donation page has earned more than $17,000.
Ramirez has been a teacher in the Santa Barbara area for the past four years. She married her husband, Chris Greely, in March of this year and the couple has been looking forward to their honeymoon planned to take place during summer break.
Greely released a statement Wednesday on Ramirez’s condition stating their family appreciates the effort of the teacher’s colleagues who rushed to her aid in diluting the acid with water from the eye hose to help minimize her injuries.
“Kim is going in for a second surgery [Thursday], which will determine the course of her remaining treatment at Grossman Burn Center. That said, she is walking around (her tiny room), laughing with friends and family, and trying to stay positive throughout this tough time. We’re strong together and only made stronger by your love and support,” the GoFundMe page stated.
A donation can be made to Kim Ramiez here.
April 30, 2018: One Teacher Injured in La Cumbre Jr High Acid Spill