11-year-old cancer survivor catches on fire at hospital possibly because of hand sanitizer!
In a sad and heartbreaking story, an 11-year-old cancer survivor who was receiving treatment for a head injury is now recovering from third-degree burns after her shirt somehow caught fire in a Portland hospital room.
Ireland Lane was supposed to be leaving the hospital that day and was reportedly painting in her room to pass the time. Suddenly, she ran into the hallway, screaming for help,with her T-shirt ablaze. Hospital staff managed to extinguish the fire, but the cause is still unknown. That poor little girl!
Safety expert and the local fire marshal are now trying to find out what exactly happened. Lane told investigators she had used hand sanitizer to clean a table in her room. Officials are now looking into if the alcohol-based sanitizer and static electricity could have sparked the flames.
Now, Lane is undergoing treatment for third-degree burns on chest, neck, arms and earlobes. She is listed in serious condition and is scheduled to have a second skin graft on Thursday, which sadly will be her 12th birthday.
Ugh, what a horrific story. To be a cancer survivor, then hospitalized again for a head injury and now second-degree burns ... she's gone through more trauma than anyone, especially such a young kid, should ever have to go through. And to spend her 12th birthday in the hospital undergoing a painful procedure? It makes my heart just break for this little girl.
I hope that she recovers quickly and is able to leave the hospital soon and simply experience a normal, safe, happy childhood. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family!