Local priest faces surgery for Thursday burns

July 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

LeBleu injured in local health club’s sauna
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

The family of the Rev. Wayne LeBleu said Monday that his latest surgery for burns he suffered Thursday went well.

LeBleu of Christ the King Catholic Church was found unconscious in a sauna at a local health club.

He was initially taken the Christus St. Patrick Hospital, then was transferred to Baton Rouge General Hospital’s Burn Unit.

According to the family journal at CaringBridge.org, LeBleu suffered burns of varying degrees over about 22 percent of his body, with about 9 percent being thirddegree burns.

As of Monday afternoon, LeBleu had undergone the first of a series of surgeries in which doctors removed dead tissue to perform a skin graft.

His bandages will reportedly be removed in four to five days, when doctors can determine when to perform his next surgery.

Before the surgery, family members described him as responsive and able to breathe on his own and have some verbal communication.

Doctors are keeping him on a ventilator for the next 24 hours and limiting visitation because of the high risk of infection for burn victims.

The Caring Bridge website allows visitors to sign a guestbook and leave a message for LeBleu and his family.

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