An Indiana girl has undergone six surgeries and was forced to have her fingers and toes amputated after suffering severe burns when a candle set a sofa on fire in a neighboring apartment which then spread to her home.
At around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, Jared Mosgrove began to notice a thick cloud of smoke filling the living room of his apartment, The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports.
Unable to catch his breath, Mosgrove, 44, desperately searched for his children as the smoke grew thicker, the outlet reports.
Mosgrove was able to grab his 11-year-old son Liam and daughter Teagan, 4. However, his 6-year-old daughter Kenzie was nowhere to be found.
“She couldn’t get to me,” Mosgrove told The Lafayette Journal & Courier.
Soon after firefighters arrived at the scene and rescued Kenzie, who had been hiding between a couch and the patio door — just right above where the fire started, the outlet reports.
Little Kenzie needed six surgeries to clear her skin of infections caused by the severe burns and unfortunately had to have half of her toes and fingers amputated. The 6-year-old remained in the hospital for four months.
Kenzie’s mother, Jessica has since spoken out about the traumatic event.
“On Sunday, December 16, I received a phone call from Kenzie’s father telling me there had been a fire in the apartment below, caused by an unattended candle,” Jessica told The Daily Mirror.
“After being in the fire for three minutes, Kenzie was rescued by firefighters and rushed to the hospital to treat her burns,” Jessica explained.
“I got to the hospital as quickly as I could and as soon as I walked into the ward I knew how serious this was — she was black from head to toe and evidently in so much pain,” Jessica told the outlet.
“Unfortunately on her third surgery on December 27, Kenzie had to have her beautiful blonde hair removed as the burns had covered her scalp also,” Jessica told The Mirror.
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“But the most devastating news came before her fourth surgery on January 3 where we were told that she would have to have her fingers and toes on the left side of her body removed, as they had completely died.”
“This was one of the hardest things for her to understand, as she suddenly woke up and couldn’t figure out where her hands and fingers had gone, which completely broke my heart,” Jessica explained.
Despite her many challenges, Kenzie took her first steps in January and was discharged from the hospital on March 12.
Kenzie was able to return to school on April 4, but has to wear splits and garments for 22 hours a day, according to The Daily Mirror.
Though Kenzie has made significant progress, Jessica worries “she’s not going to develop like a normal girl, and her amputations will cause difficulty with every day tasks.”
“Her life is going to be altered forever,” Jessica said to The Mirror.
Because of this, Jessica is warning parents about the dangers of candles.
“This one household decoration has turned my daughter’s whole life upside down, so I want to make the dangers of lighting candles known so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s little one,” Jessica told The Mirror.
A GoFundMe page has been created in hopes of raising money to cover Kenzie’s medical costs.
Kenzie’s family is also selling t-shirts to raise money.