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Story of Badly Burned Boy Sweeps Social Media
CORRYVILLE, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A Kentucky boy badly burned in a fire a few days after Christmas is making progress as he recovers at Shriner's Hospital in Corryville.
Dawson Fisher,9, was burned December 28 as he watched his grandfather change a fuel pump in his Adair County, Kentucky garage. A kerosene heater was on when gasoline spilled and a fire started. Dawson suffered third degree burns to 76% of his body.
"He's got a long way to go but he is fighting and he'll fight his way to the end of it," said Tina Ford, Dawson's mother.
Ford hasn't left Dawson's side at Shriner's Hospital. He's had several procedures and still has a feeding tube. Ford said her son is doing better than expected.
"They have treated him up here as their own. So, I just want to give out a big thanks to them and if it wasn't for them I don't know that my son would be here," Ford said.
Dawson will have surgery Friday to finish skin grafts on his arms. He will then have skin grafts on his face. He will need medical care for years to come and will be treated by Shriner's Hospital until he's 21.
"It's a little bit different when children get burned as opposed to adults because children are still growing and their scars don't necessarily grow with them. So when he gets to be through puberty he's really going to have a growth spurt and he may require additional surgery," said Debbie Harrell, a spokesperson for Shriner's Hospital.
Dawson's mom said he's an energetic boy who loves four wheelers, dirt bikes and cars. His story has touched a lot of people. Dawson has received gifts by mail at the hospital. Nearly 7,000 people are following his progress on a Facebook page entitled "Prayers for Dawson Fisher."
Dawson's school has done things to raise money for his family and the town where he lives sent a poster board with well-wishes to Shriner's for him. Tina Ford said she'd like to thank everyone who's helped.
"People have brought in prayer cloths, prayer blankets and different donations...food and gas cards and different things like that which has been a very, very big help. And, I'm grateful for them all," Tina Ford said.
Cards for Dawson may be mailed to:
Shriners Hospital For Children
3229 Burnet Ave
Third Floor, Room 6
A fund for Dawson Fisher has been set up at Bank of Columbia in Columbia, Kentucky.