Seeing your toddler fall into a still hot fire pit is one of the more traumatic experiences you can endure as a parent. Abi is just 15 months old.Instead of playing games and reading books, she’s under going treatment for second and third degree burns.
“The worst part for me was, I had her in my arms and he couldn’t see her. I could see that her skin was peeling off. I remember the smell, it still comes back to me every once in a while, the hair and skin burning, that was really tough,” said Krystal Ellison, Abi’s mother.
“I really didn’t look her way, I just wanted to get us to the hospital, that was my job,” said Michael Krause, Abi’s father.
Michael says he saw one of Abi’s siblings sit her down too close to the pit and was on his way to move her, but couldn’t there in time. After she fell in, they rushed Abi to a local hospital where she was eventually airlifted to a Milwaukee for special treatment.
“I just told him to lay on the horn and don’t stop, go 90 if you have to,” continued Ellison.
“I knew she was hurt bad, it was the worst thing that ever happened to me and that says a lot,” continued Krause. “Even though you may have put out the fire the coals can still be pretty hot so you want to make sure you separate the coals and doused everything with some water.”
Although this particular pit was put out the day before, it was still hot enough to cause life–threatening injuries to Abi’s head, neck, arms and right ear. She spent six long days in the hospital on a feeding tube, and although she is out of immediate danger the fate of her ear has them worried.
“It’s cartilage, and if it doesn’t heal properly it can fall off. The skin is so thin and it can burn and if it reburns it’s like being on fire all over again,” Krystal continued.
Along with the critical care Abi needs to heal properly, Michael and Krystal say the they are having difficulty paying to get her to and from the hospital in Milwaukee.
“The cream for her ear, isn’t covered at all by insurance, it’s $56 a tube and I only have a day or two left and I don’t know what I am going to do because she absolutely needs that,”
Taking everything one day at a time and just being grateful Abi is ok is how they are managing to keep going.
“I just asked God to send every angel he had, that’s all I could think to do,” continued Krause.
“Things just shut down for me so that I could cope with getting her better. I feel that God was with me that day because I was calm after they calmed her down,” continued Ellison.
On the rare occasions she spends time outside, you’ll only see Abi in the shade with a hat and long sleeves to protect her from the sun.If you want to help Abi slide through her recovery efforts, you can donate by clicking this link.
You can also donate by going to www.gofundme.com/b32/jfs.