Dalbys Johanna Sinnamon is the children's hospital ambassador who will ride on the Range Woolworths float in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Carnival of Flowers 2016.
Dalbys Johanna Sinnamon is the children's hospital ambassador who will ride on the Range Woolworths float in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Carnival of Flowers 2016. Bev Lacey

Burns survivor rides high on Carnival of Flowers float

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD burns survivor Johanna Sinnamon is taking the spotlight tomorrow to wave from the Woolworths float at the Grand Central Floral Parade.

In December 2011, when she was four-year-old, Johanna was helping her mum Meg in the kitchen at their Dalby home.

Meg did not see as Johanna pulled a large bowl of boiling hot packet pasta out of the microwave and onto herself, resulting in burns to more than 15 per cent of her body.

In the seconds that followed Johanna's screams, her mum Meg and dad Mark rushed her into the bath to try and cool her skin.

"As we undressed her, put her in the bath and began to run cool running water over her, we realised it wasn't pasta that was coming off her body, it was her skin peeling away," she said.

After emergency paramedics arrived, Johanna and her family were transported to Brisbane, where Johanna underwent painful treatment for her burns.

She was in hospital for more than one month and had to wear a compression suit 24 hours a day, seven days a week to protect her skin and reduce scarring.

In the five years since the accident, Johanna has undergone multiple surgeries, skin grafts and reconstructive procedures and will need more as her body continues to grow.

 

Dalbys Johanna Sinnamon is the children's hospital ambassador who will ride on the Range Woolworths float in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Carnival of Flowers 2016.
Dalbys Johanna Sinnamon is the children's hospital ambassador who will ride on the Range Woolworths float in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Carnival of Flowers 2016. Bev Lacey

Johanna still returns annually to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital for checkups.

She said she was excited to be on the float this year.

Mr Sinnamon said the accident happened at 5pm in the afternoon, but with bad weather, they did not arrive in Brisbane until about 3am the next morning.

Johanna will turn nine on Monday, and said she was not scared to be in the kitchen.

 

Dalbys Johanna Sinnamon with Range Woolworths store manager Adrian Maynard. Johanna is the Childrens Hospital ambassador and will ride on the circus themed float in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Carnival of Flowers 2016.
Dalbys Johanna Sinnamon with Range Woolworths store manager Adrian Maynard. Johanna is the Childrens Hospital ambassador and will ride on the circus themed float in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Carnival of Flowers 2016. Bev Lacey

With the burns on her chest covered, strangers would not realise what she had endured.

The scars have not stopped Johanna living an active life, with dancing, netball, swimming and arts and crafts all favourite.

The Woolworths float theme changes each year for the parade and this year is a carnival theme.

Woolworths Range store manager Adrian Maynard said the float was the major fundraiser for the year.

 

Dalbys Johanna Sinnamon is the children's hospital ambassador who will ride on the Range Woolworths float in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Carnival of Flowers 2016.
Dalbys Johanna Sinnamon is the children's hospital ambassador who will ride on the Range Woolworths float in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Carnival of Flowers 2016. Bev Lacey

This year 500 potted plants, thousands of individual flowers and 100 bouquets of flowers from Pine Valley Flowers will go into the float that will have 12 children on board waving to the crowd.

He said he loved seeing the smiles of the children on the float.

The flowers will then be sold to raise money for the Children's Hospital Foundation.

Mrs Sinnamon said she wanted to raise awareness about how easily accidents could happen as well as raise funds.

 

Dalbys Johanna Sinnamon is the children's hospital ambassador who will ride on the Range Woolworths float in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Carnival of Flowers 2016.
Dalbys Johanna Sinnamon is the children's hospital ambassador who will ride on the Range Woolworths float in the Grand Central Floral Parade. Carnival of Flowers 2016. Bev Lacey

"Technology is always improving and there are always breakthroughs in treating burns," she said.

Johanna's sister Annabelle, 10, will also be on the float tomorrow. They both attend Our Lady of the Southern Cross College in Dalby.

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Grand Central parade starts at 3pm near the corner of Herries and Hume Sts.



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