Help support local 12-year-old badly burned in science experiment

Those who live on the Plateau likely know the McKim family as they can often be seen volunteering, helping others, participating, singing, acting, competing (sporting events), and basically getting involved in any number of positive activities that benefit the community in the Highlands and Cashiers area.

But right now, the McKim family could use the community’s help. Barrett McKim, 12, was burned on over 50% of his body due to a science experiment that caused an explosion at their home on June 23.

Barrett McKim in the hospital after his accident where his science experiment exploded burning over 50% of his body. He’s pictured at the top of the article before his accident with his father Kyle McKim.

Barrett has a love for science and has performed many experiments. He is known for being cautious, as evidenced by the goggles he was wearing while performing the experiment.

His experiment involving isopropyl alcohol ignited, causing him and his mother to battle the flames that ultimately engulfed him. They both tried in vain to remove the synthetic shirt he was wearing.

Barrett’s neck, torso, arms, hands, and thighs have second and third-degree burns.

Barrett’s mother, Caroline, sustained terrible burns on both hands but managed to save Barrett’s life.

Barrett was flown by helicopter to the Augusta burn center where doctors say that he must have many surgeries involving skin grafts. Caroline has an equally daunting prognosis. The hospital will be home for Barrett and his parents for weeks, if not months.

In an effort to offset what will be enormous medical bills, a GoFundMe account has been set up.

Click HERE to contribute to Barrett’s medical expenses and please keep them in your prayers.

Barrett is the second born of 5 children to Kyle and Caroline McKim. He has been a memory master in classical conversations, their homeschooling curriculum for the last three years.

Barrett plays the piano and violin, and enjoys archery and fishing.

Leave a Reply