Olive Branch firefighters responded to a fire Monday that has resulted in a 10-month-old child being severely burned.
Although improvement has been reported, the baby, identified as Aliyah Marie, remains under treatment at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The youngster was reportedly burned over 60 percent of her body when a fire was ignited that moved from a television cord to the electrical box of the add-on apartment that was part of a home in the 7700 block of Keely Cove.
Firefighters were called to the home about 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.
The baby had been left alone to nap when the blaze started. The father was not at home and the mother had just stepped out for a moment.
Once the fire had started, the mother and the toddler’s aunt went in and tried to pull little Aliyah to safety, but they were also burned in the process and taken to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis for treatment.
Aliyah was eventually removed from the home by a neighbor and paramedics took her first to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital before being transferred to the Cincinnati facility, one of the top hospitals in the country for pediatric burn recovery, reconstructive and plastic surgery.
Shriners Hospital, one of a series of Shriners facilities across the country, has pioneered some of the most significant advancements in burn care, burn injuries and scarring, physical rehabilitation and and support.
Aliyah is expected to have a long recovery from her burns and family members have started a GoFundMe page, titled Prayers for Aliyah, to invite others to donate to the family.
In addition to the burns to Aliyah and family members, the family also lost all of their belongings in the blaze.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.