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Surviving fire victim takes a turn for the worse

Cameron Jett (Source: Family) Cameron Jett (Source: Family)
Diamond (Source: family) Diamond (Source: family)

Family members said 8-year-old Cameron Jett took a turn for the worse Tuesday.

Cameron, along with six of his siblings and three adults, was trapped inside a home Monday morning when a fire sparked in the living room.

Cameron was the only person to make it out of the fire alive, but he was in extremely critical condition. 

"I don't know what to feel right now," Cameron's father, Ernest Jett, said. "You've got to be a robot for it not to hurt."

Jett was the father of all six of the children who died in the fire. Cameron is the only child who made it out of the house alive, and doctor's fear his condition is dire.

"When you lose everybody, how it ain't going to hurt?" Jett asked. "Enjoy every moment with your kids. If you got them, enjoy every moment with them."

Jett also lost his mother, fiancee, and a long-time family friend in the fire. 

Friends and family have been in and out of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital since Cameron arrived Monday morning.

Cameron's family members said doctors performed a second CT scan on Cameron, but he remains brain dead and on life support.

"I'm not giving up on him, and I'm not going to let them give up on him," Jett said. "God done blessed me with the best."

He said he is praying for a miracle. 

"I got faith and I believe that miracles do happen and I'm not going to count my baby out like that," Jett said.

Diamond, one of Cameron's sisters who died in the fire, would've turned 8 years old Tuesday. Her grandfather said he thought he'd be spending the day barbecuing and playing with all the children; instead, he's with everyone else at the hospital.

He said the only thing helping them get over Diamond's birthday is the fact that she's celebrating in a better place.

Diamond and her half-brother, 6-year-old Alonzo Ward, both went to Cummings Elementary School.

Shelby County Schools set up a fundraiser page through SchoolSeed to help the Jett family deal with funeral expenses and other family needs. Click here if you wish to donate to that cause.

"We want to do what we can to help.  We got a call from our good friends at Shelby County Schools saying, 'Let's go ahead and set up this page,'" SchoolSeed Executive Director Vince McCaskill said. "Money doesn't heal wounds, prayer does and we just hope that the community will pray with us for that family."

You can also donate to the family by visiting any Regions Bank or First Tennessee Bank and telling the employees there you wish to donate to the Jett and Futrell families fund.

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