ALTONA — When Mickee Langlois tripped and fell backward into a campfire, her sister Jordyn Carter ran to pull her out.
But their brother Bretton Carter, who’s 10, told Jordyn to get out of the way — and he pulled the 3-year-old the rest of the way out himself, their grandfather Mike Carter said.
“Bretton’s the big brother,” he said, adding that his grandson wanted to protect both his younger sisters.
The family was at a campground in Vermont when Mickee was burned on July 19.
The little girl was flown to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston to undergo extensive surgery for second- and third-degree burns over most of her body. She had skin grafting, and a week later, the bandages came off.
Now, Mickee is headed home, at least temporarily.
“They wanted to give her a little break from the hospital,” her grandfather said.
She will return on Aug. 13, and doctors will determine if further grafting is needed.
“In a way, it’s good that she fell backward instead of forward,” said Mike, since her face was protected.
Most importantly, her recovery is going well.
“She seems to be in good spirits, looking forward to coming home and looking forward to going camping again.”
A fundraiser for Mickee and her parents, Eric and Kristina Langlois of Altona, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh. It will include a spaghetti dinner, bake sales, raffles and a silent auction.
Pickup of donations can be arranged by calling Laura Bond at the nonprofit Hope Shines organization at 565-6485.
Bond, who had not known the family when she heard about the accident and decided to head up the benefit, formed the nonprofit for that purpose — and for events that will help others in need in the future.
Donations will help toward the cost of travel, hotels and other expenses associated with Mickee’s treatment in Boston.
“We want to try to have a family atmosphere at the fundraiser to celebrate the fact that she is getting better, and keep it upbeat,” Mike said.
Mike said that while all this is going on, the family was also preparing for the wedding of his other daughter, Lauren.
Kristina was maid of honor at her sister’s wedding on Saturday.
“We’re looking forward to getting Mickee home, and we’re focusing on the good things.” Of course, the little girl was in everyone’s thoughts at the wedding.
“We’re a big family, and everybody’s pretty close.”
Mickee, Jordyn and Bretton have two other siblings, Rylee and Skyelar Langlois.
With the accident and the treatments closely followed by a family wedding, Mike said, “We’ve got both ends of the spectrum going on.”