Queen Elizabeth Hospital becomes excellence centre for burns
Birmingham is to be named as a national centre of excellence for research into burns, with The Healing Foundation charity providing £1.5m in funding.
Doctors now hope to trial a cheap form of synthetic skin which will remove the need for painful skin grafts.
Plastic surgeon Naiem Moiemen said he was sure it was the start of a "very good" burst of research into burns care.
Wiktoria Kaleta and Jamie Pound are among those who have had treatment.
BBC Midlands Today health correspondent Michele Paduano's report contains some images you may find upsetting.