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August 5, 2013

Fundraiser for burned girl

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.

‘GOOD SPIRITS’

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.”

FUNDRAISER

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.

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