Burned Laurel County Child Improving

Dustin Mederos will be at Shriner's Hospital in Cincinnati for at least another month. He remains in critical condition but his mother says he's making progress.

Sharon Frekey didn't want to appear on camera but she's talking more about the accident that left her son with serious burns to his chest and face.

She says it only took seconds for him to ignite a shirt with a lighter.

Those caring for the 4-year-old say the combination of a lighter, clothes and little hands can be extremely dangerous.

Frekey says had it not been for her 7-year-old brother's quick action to douse the flames with a pot of water, her son's injuries could have been much worse.

"As with any burn, this is trauma. Always a risk. We're letting her (Sharon) know what a risk and she's handling with well," says Louise Hoelker, RN, with Shriner's Hospital.

Frekey says she will stay at the Cincinnati hospital as long as her son's care takes. Doctors say she's handling it well.

"Espeically having a mom like Sharon, involved in her son Dustin's care. By his side, that's all he needs, his family and Shriner's and he'll do just fine," sayd Hoelker.

Because Shriner's Hospital operates solely on donations, the care Dustin is receiving will not cost his family anything.


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  • by Chelsie Location: williamsbueg on Nov 13, 2008 at 02:45 PM
    i am your cousin shawna's friend. i am praying for you. i hope to hear that you are out and about and doing alot better very soon. GOD BLESS YOU! AND MAY GOD BE WITH YOU!!! BELIEVE IN MICARLES!!!
  • by shawna Location: corbin on Nov 13, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    i am praying for you every nighht lil guy i love you so much. i hope to see you soon. love your cuz shawna.
  • by anoy Location: ky on Nov 13, 2008 at 08:36 AM
    my aunt was burned very bad in a car accident last summer, it's been a long road to recovery.. god bless this child, and the hospital. they are wonderful.. everyone needs to pull together in this time of need and support the family..
  • by melinda Location: mount sterling on Nov 12, 2008 at 07:33 PM
    my prayers are with this little boy and his family
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Nov 12, 2008 at 03:11 PM
    What a Wonderful thing. This Poor child will be cared for for free. Burns can be long and painful to recover from. We could all learn a lesson from Shriners. God bless!

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