Platform fire burn victim releases statement to family

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POSTED: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 8:04pm

New information Sunday on victims of the platform fire in the Gulf. Doctors released the name of one of the burn victims recovering in a Baton Rouge burn center.

Doctors at the Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center say 50-year-old Wilberto Ilagan is in fair condition. He along with three other crew members were severely burned during a platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico. Two workers are in critical condition. Another man is in serious condition.

The men are all native to the Philippines, and doctors say they were employed by the Grand Isle Shipyard.

Doctors say Ilagan asked them to share a personal statement to reach out to his family.

"I quote 'To my relatives, to my family, and to my country, I am alive and in good health. I am burned, but my heart and lungs are healthy,'" read Dr. Jeffrey Littleton, burn surgeon working with Ilagan.

Doctors say the four men have a long road ahead of them. The recovery process from burns like this usually last weeks and is very difficult.

"Generally speaking we can anticipate for the treatment to continue for the coming weeks and could include things like nutritional support physical therapy occupational therapy local wound care and possibly surgical intervention," said Littleton.

Saturday night divers found what is believed to be the body of one of the two missing crew members. The body was found near the platform on the sea floor, that's according to Black Elk Energy President CEO John Hoffman.

The Coast Guard suspended it's search for the missing crew members Saturday evening after 32 hours of combing the area near the platform.

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