Just some of the words used to describe 16-month old Carmahni Bennett. Her physical strength and indpendent personality, coupled with her voracious curiosity led to an accident that could befall any caregiver. Standing side-by-side with her grandmother in the kitchen, Carmahni pulled a bowl of boiling water onto her tiny body in a split second with her fast hands.
Devastated, the family now faces a long recovery peroid. Carmahni suffered severe 2nd Degree burns to her face, neck, arm and abdomen covering 20% of her body.
Her parents are hard-working young adults who have struggled to make ends meet, and this tragedy gives us an opportunity to reach out and show them love and support with our finances.
I am asking that anyone who can, whether you know this family or not, consider making a donation of any size to ease the burdens they face ahead. The grand total looks like a lot, but over the course of months of appointments and continued monitoring of this delicate healing for the year ahead, it's a small price to pay for each of us, and will allow her parents to stay by her side as needed without worry that their financial responsibilities won't be met.
As a parent of a 16-Month old boy, Carmahni's cousin, Charlie, who is very active and always climbing, I can absoutely understand how - in a moment - an accident such as this can occur.
Carmahni is surrounded by people who love her, and will do whatever it takes to help her heal physically and emotionally from this trauma. I want to surround them with our love and support, and allow them to take the time they need to care for her, and alleviate a portion of their burden...which is lighter when we all carry it together.
Cathy Black Grant
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