Two young brothers severely burned after aerosol causes bonfire explosion

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A family bonfire turned into a nightmare when two young brothers were left with catastrophic injuries following an explosion.

Three-year-old Xander and 22-month-old Tanner were flown to Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where they have both undergone multiple surgeries following the incident at their family’s property in Lansfield, regional Victoria, on June 3.

The boys sustained extensive burns to their faces, hands and upper chest, when a cardboard box containing an unsighted aerosol can was thrown onto the fire.

The resulting force of the explosion also knocked the boy's mum off of her feet.

Xander – the more severely injured sibling – was taken to the Intensive Care Unit and put on a ventilator, and is expected to require several skin grafts.

His younger brother was treated in the emergency department and remains in high-intensity ward for treatment.

The boys' auntie, Carli Mathiesen, said the boys will require painful, extensive skin grafting to their faces and hands, and will require long term rehabilitation to support their physical and mental health.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by Ms Mathiesen to financially support their parents, who rely on one income, during their traumatic time.

“The road ahead will be long, and we humbly request your financial support.” she wrote on the GoFundMe page.

“Both boys and their family are part of a beautiful country community who have rallied to support their people.

"Your donation is an opportunity to show your support in a helpful and realistically way.

“Your contribution will directly impact the quality of life the boys experience over the coming years and give their parents – my sister and brother in law, some breathing room to focus solely on their family’s recovery and rehabilitation.”

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The page attracted more than $20,000 (£11,440) in donations in just one day, which Ms Mathiesen said would help the parents “breath easier and focus solely on the boys and their immediate needs”.

She added Friday was Xander’s third birthday, and marked the day medical staff would wake him for the first time since the accident.

“We have everything crossed for a good result,” she wrote.

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