Little girl recovers from burns on 85 percent of her body - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Little girl recovers from burns on 85 percent of her body

(Source: Brianna Letney's family) (Source: Brianna Letney's family)
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A little girl whose stepfather rescued her from their burning home in Nutbush last month is on the road to recovery. The fire destroyed everything the family had and almost took 18-month-old Brianna Letney's life.

Brianna was taken by helicopter to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati after fire tore through their home on Whittier Road.

"It makes me feel wonderful that my baby girl is still here with me," her mom, Jennifer, cried.

Eighty-five percent of Brianna's body was scorched by the flames. Her right side was burned to the bone.

"She lost her hair. She had four surgeries. Her skin graft on her head, her arms," Jennifer explained. "It's like having a baby again. Having to teach her how to walk again and all that from all the surgeries."

It was painful for Brianna to be touched, hugged, or kissed. But even worse than the burns, is the emotional trauma that haunts the family.

"She's still having nightmares from it," Jennifer said. "She's not ... it's hard for her to sleep. She jerks when she sleeps."

"I fell to the floor, on my knees, it was more than I could bear, seeing them wheel her away," said Brianna's grandmother, Sarah. "I didn't know what was happening."

Brianna is expected to be released soon. Her family believes her life is a miracle.

"I just closed my eyes and just prayed to my Lord," Sarah added. "He heard my prayers."

The fire that destroyed the Letneys' home was ruled accidental. Fire officials believe one of the four children in the house at the time was playing with a candle.

Brianna's stepfather suffered severe burns, too.

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