Kentucky parents pray for Christmas Miracle after their child is burned

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - A four-year old boy is fighting for his life tonight. All while his parents, Angela and Aaron Cooper, are praying for a Christmas miracle.

Landon, 4, was badly burned last Friday on more than half of his body.

"All I know is I just happened to wake up around 11 that morning and it was just flames shooting down the hallway," remembered Angela.

Charred walls and broken ornaments tell a tale the Coopers said they'll always remember.

"Every time I shut my eyes, I see that," said Aaron. "I'm now sleeping at least four hours a night, but I'll never forget it."

The Kentucky couple says they woke up to find their Maysville mobile home engulfed in flames. Angela jumped out the bedroom window and ran to a neighbor's house for help. Aaron was able to escape, too. Minutes later, he broke down the front door and crawled inside to save Landon. The child had been asleep on a couch in the living room.

"I wasn't thinking," said Aaron. "I just wanted to get him out. It was going to be me and him dying together. They were going to have to bring both of our bodies out, but I was going to die with him. But I had to get him out."

Aaron was able to save Landon, but the child was severely burned on more than half of his body.

"His poor little face is burned - third degree," said Angela. "His hands and arms are burned. The doctor says his hands are really bad. It's deteriorated to the bone. We're hoping there won't be any amputation. The doctor says if there is any, he might have to take off the tips of the fingers and the partials of the pinkies."

Landon is now receiving treatment at Shiners Hospitals for Children - Cincinnati. He'll remain there for the next 51 days. Hospital officials say the formula is one day per each percentage of the body burned.

"He can't see us, but they said he can hear us," Angela said. "I'm just hoping by Christmas he'll be able to look at me, and just to see his eyes open and look at us, would mean so much to me. That's all I want for Christmas is for my baby to look at me and know I'm there."

Doctors are working around the clock to ensure mom gets her miracle.

"As a matter of fact, we've just had a few children go home in the last few weeks, with burns over 80-percent of their bodies," said Shiners Hospital for Children - Cincinnati Chief of Staff Dr. Richard Kagan. "Walking, playing and the best part is they go home starting to behave like normal children."

The couple hasn't returned to their home since the fire. The couple has three other children who fortunately were not home when the fire broke out: a 12-year old son, a six-year old son and a three year old daughter. The three are now staying with family. Angela and Aaron haven't seen their other children in more than a week.

"I'm going to see my other kids just before Christmas," said Angela. "I'm going to leave just for an hour to see them. And other than that, my home right now is here."

The Coopers said they're thankful for strangers and Shiners Hospital for Children - Cincinnati for all of their help.

"Everybody here is excellent," said Angela. "I wouldn't have {Landon} in any other place. I know he'll get through this. It's just going to be a long road."

As per all care at the hospital, the work is being done free of charge.

"So many people have reached out to us, and making so much effort into helping us," said Angela. "It's wonderful. I just want to say 'God Bless everybody.' Because without that, I couldn't pull myself together."

Lewisburg Fire Chief Donald Tumey said it's unclear what started the fire.

The Coopers do not have any insurance. Their home was destroyed, but the community is pitching in. If you'd like to help, the Lewisburg Fire Department is collecting donations.

To make arrangements for a donation to be dropped off, contact Brian Beckett, call 606-584-1254; Don Tumey, call 606-301-3672; Federal-Mogul 606-759-4202; or Eddie Johnson, 606-759-0222.

Monetary donations are being accepted at either the Bank of Maysville or U.S. Bank locations.

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