An Oneida boy was recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville earlier this week, after being seriously burned in an accident outside his home Friday.
Two boys — both fourth grade students at Burchfield School — were burned in the accident, which occurred Friday outside their West Oneida home. Both boys were initially treated at Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida after being transported by Scott County Ambulance Service, and were later transferred to the Nashville hospital, which features the state’s largest burn ICU.
The accident occurred as the children played outside on the warm late autumn day. Their mother, Melissa Ledbetter, who has four boys — including two older children — said in a Facebook post that the boys were injured in an “explosion” as they played.
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“As most of you are aware, my babies were involved in an explosion,” Ledbetter said in the post. “I hate to call it that, but that’s ultimately what it was.”
Ledbetter, who was inside the home when the accident occurred, said the boys “were doing what most little boys do . . . getting into mischief, and the end result was horrifying to say the least.”
Reportedly, the accident occurred as the boys played with matches and a gas can.
One of the boys, identified as Israel Turner, was treated and released from Vanderbilt after overnight observation. He reportedly suffered relatively minor burns to his face and fingers.
The second boy, Cayden Ledbetter, suffered much more severe burns to most of his upper body. In her post updating friends on Facebook, Melissa Ledbetter said doctors were still working to determine the degree and percentage of the burns.
While Cayden is expected to recover from his injuries, he is likely to remain hospitalized through the Christmas holiday and beyond — perhaps up to 45 days.
A family friend, Crystal Mitchell, set up a GoFundMe account on Monday to raise funds that will help cover the family’s medical expenses. On the GoFundMe page, Mitchell wrote that young Cayden remained in a medically-induced coma as he recovers from his injuries.
“His wonderful, strong mother Melissa is not leaving his side during this time and she has four boys including Cayden,” Mitchell wrote, adding that “Cayden has weeks and possibly months of surgeries, healing and recovery ahead.”
Mitchell said that while Ledbetter did not ask for funds to be raised on her behalf, she felt compelled to do so. Persons wishing to make donations to help offset the family’s medical-related expenses can do so at gofundme.com/courage-for-cayden.
Most of all, said another friend of the family, “They all desire everyone’s prayers, especially for Cayden and Israel mentally and physically, and for Melissa and all her boys. Being in two places at once is impossible.”[/s2If]