Angel Flight East News

Kara- Our Little Warrior

Kara is one of the happiest 8 year olds out there, but you might not realize what this little warrior has gone through.

On August 12, 2012 Kara pulled on the cord of a cooking crock pot, spilling the hot contents all over her.  Her dad, David, reacted instantly and put Kara in a cold shower.  When he noticed her skin starting to fall off, David rushed Kara to the rescue squad in Scottsville, VA who then transported Kara to the University of Virginia.

This tragic accident left little Kara with a multitude of burns including second degree burns on her back, eye, face, head, and foot as well a full thickness skin loss on her back.  The list goes on and on.

Unfortunately, the University of Virginia no longer had a burn center that could deal with the magnitude of Kara’s injuries.  Kara’s family then turned to Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH who made an appointment for her right away.

Kara’s grandmother Lynn had this to say, “I will never forget standing outside the hospital emergency room watching the ambulance pull out to take Kara and her mom Larissa to the airport. I felt so bad having held on to her for so long here in Virginia; it was only then when I realized that she was getting no relief from the pain. A complete stranger pulled me into an empty room and told me that I had to let her go, that the Shriners could fix this, but University of Virginia could not.”

As you can see from the pictures, Kara is absolutely thriving these days, thanks to the love and care that both the Shriners and Angel Flight East have shown the family

In the words of Lynn, “We never could have done this without you all. We are blessed and we know it. Now pretty much our biggest worry is having to make sure we keep Kara’s skin properly coated with sunblock when she is out and about. She has perfect range of motion and we go back in two years for a follow up visit.”