Support for Mike and Chris Laing

 At around 3:45 Sunday morning something unknown caused a house fire in my childhood home. Inside the home was my father, Mike, his brother, Chris, and our two dogs Walter and Wilson. Unfortunately, the two happy puppers passed away in the home. Chris made it out and alerted the neighboors. Then when back in to get my Dad. They each sustained second degree burns to their face, neck, and hands. On the scene Mike complained of difficulty breathing and increased labor in breathing so the EMT preformed intubation, or to place a tube in the trachea for mechanical repsiration.  Chris seemed stable and was not intubated until he arrived at the hospital.  First responders took them to Sunset park to be airlifted to St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. 

They arrived around 6:30am in the Neurotrauma ICU. Both were covered head to toe in soot and had to be cleaned to properly acess the degree of damage to their skin. Both had their heads shaved, hands wrapped in gauze, and all kinds of tubes ran into their body. My father is currently in stable condition and he even opened his eyes a few times. Unfortunately Chris suffered much worse damage to his lungs and the stress to his body caused a heart attack and could not be saved.
The Laing family needs to raise money for medical and funeral costs. Mike lost all of his belongings in the fire and any assistance to help him back on his feet would be greatly appreciated.  
We thank you in advance for your generosity. We will keep you posted on any further updates.


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Abby Laing 
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