Accession Number: C.2016.179.2
Dimensions: 5.75 in X 0.25 in X 8.75 in
Dimensions (Metric): 14.605 cm X 0.635 cm X 22.225 cm
Credit Line: Gift of John Yates
Pair of nylon compression gloves allowing fingertips to be exposed and with leather patches on the palms.
John Yates, a security manager at the Pentagon, was watching coverage of the attacks at the World Trade Center when hijacked Flight 77 hit his building. Disoriented from the impact, Yates began crawling on the floor to find an exit. The intense heat coming off carpeting and filing cabinets burned Yates as he escaped. Ultimately, Yates sustained severe burns on more than a third of his body, with the most intense of these injuries to his hands. After two skin graft operations, Yates wore compression gloves and sleeves for one year to help prevent scarring. Though the skin on his hands has healed, Yates’s hands have a limited range of movement.
These compression gloves were designed to compress skin grafts and to ensure the grafts were protected from possible damage.