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Toddler Badly Burned After Outlet Ignites

Toddler Badly Burned After Outlet Ignites
March 01
17:30 2019

An electrical fire in Punta Gorda Town on Tuesday evening has left 18 month-old Vela Usher clinging to life and has her family racing against all odds to quickly transport her out of the country to get much-needed treatment for burn injuries she sustained to 60% of her body.

The toddler is listed in a critical condition and family members say that the child is scheduled to be flown out to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas by Thursday evening.

The toddler was rushed to the Punta Gorda Community Hospital with severe burn injuries to her body around 5:30 p.m. on February 26th by her mother, Aaronie Gamboa, 25.

Gamboa told the Reporter that contrary to reports which stated that a burning curtain had fallen on top of her baby, the toddler was playing along with an older sibling on a sponge when it caught fire.

Gamboa clarified that the fire originated from an electrical outlet and spread to the nearby sponge and resulted in her baby getting burnt.

The mother claimed that she was not inside the room when the fire started but had left her two children to play while she went into the kitchen to do her chores. She said that after a couple of minutes she heard screaming coming from inside the room and when she ran to check she found her baby already on fire.

The young mother recounted that she quickly snatched up the toddler and ran out of the house and to a neighbor’s yard where she sought assistance.

The other child did not receive any burn injuries and baby Vela was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital and then on to the KHMH for emergency medical care.

The Reporter was informed that the Burn Victim Mercy Fund is working along with the family to get the toddler and her mother out of the country as quickly as possible.

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