House Fire & Medical Scare For Family Just Before Christmas

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

An eastern Kentucky family deals with a devastating fire and a medical scare just before Christmas.

The fire broke out at a home in the Wooton community of Leslie County and spread to another.

One trailer was destroyed.

The two homes belong to a father and son. Unfortunately, this is the second tragedy the Bailey family has dealt with in less than a week.

The family's first shock came when two year old Cody Bailey was diagnosed with cancer just a few days ago.

Fortunately no one was home when the fire ripped through these two homes.. That's because the Bailey's were in Lexington at the U.K. Medical Center for 2 year old Cody's early morning surgery.

“Right now I just don't know what to think. Seems like when it rains, it pours,” James Bailey said.

Bailey says the cancerous tumors were found last Wednesday.. His son will need surgery and chemotherapy.

“My son's my main interest you know, I know I've lost a lot here, but homes can be replaced, vehicles can be replaced, but your loved ones can't,” Bailey said.

Wrapping paper from an early Christmas gift remains on the floor of the Bailey home. Luckily, the rest of the gifts were also salvaged.

“Christmas is a week away and this child is very sick and we need to come together for this child,” Viola Lewis said.

“It seems like it's just one bad thing after another, but I'm a firm believer in the lord, I'm just looking for the blessing,” Bailey said.

The Baileys are heading back to Lexington for Cody's Kidney removal Tuesday morning.

To find out how you can help the family, contact the Wooton Fire Department.

Bailey also mentioned that 2-year-old Cody is a big fan WYMT, especially Jim Caldwell.

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  • by Kay Location: Lewis on Dec 22, 2007 at 10:54 PM
    Cody is my nephew.Betty his mom is my sister.This is so heart renching, and so hard to bear. but onbehalf of our family I would like to thank everyone for the prayers and gifts of kindness.They are much needed and appricatied.Thanks again and cody your aunt Kay is praying for you and on her way to see you.your truely our heart bye for now.
  • by Melinda Location: Walker on Dec 18, 2007 at 10:30 AM
    I just want you all to know that you all are in my prayers. And we are thinking about you all. God is with you all and Cody you be strong and keep your head up?
  • by Anonymous Location: Hoskinston, KY on Dec 18, 2007 at 06:56 AM
    God Bless you and your family. God had his hands upon you to make sure you wasn't home. Just wasn't your time to go home. Thing's can be replaced just hoping people of your community will not be selfish and help this family and sick lil boy. Maybe Jim Can send Cody a gift and an autograph picture.


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