Thursday, April 24, 2008
‘Miracle baby’ returns home
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs’ miracle child, Orlandrea Shanelle Elliott, and her grandmother Alma Elliott are back home after hospital stays and treatments for burns and breaks.
The two and relatives Joe and Michael Elliott were all rescued from a house on Cuba Street that exploded Thursday, April 3. The rescue has made news far and wide, including television interviews on Good Morning America. Channel 5 News in Memphis will air a special this Thursday.
Orlandrea appeared with her parents Monday for an interview at their home located next door to the house that was demolished by the explosion. The child was found after a 15-hour search in the darkness and pouring rain overnight April 3 and into the mid-morning April 4.
Orlanda Elliott, the baby’s father, and Frankie Mitchell, the child’s mother, said their 9-month-old daughter sustained burns on her right and left hands, neck, face and right leg. She is scheduled for another surgery - a skin graft - in Jackson May 2, and received skin grafts taken from her side while at the burn center in Augusta, Georgia.
Alma Elliott, mother of Orlanda Elliott and grandmother to Orlandrea, sustained a broken right ankle and burns to her left arm and side and was also treated in Augusta. She has returned to Holly Springs.
Joe Elliott and his grandson Michael sustained worse injuries and will stay in Augusta for recovery and rehabilitation, according to Orlanda Elliott.
Michael sustained burns to the face, arms and back involving 33 percent of his body surface, Elliott said.
He is being treated and has had skin grafts and is expected to be at the burn center from two to three months. Michael also had lung involvement due to smoke inhalation and was given a tracheotomy and placed on a ventilator, but has recovered enough to be removed from the ventilator.
Joe Elliott, also expected to be in Augusta for several months, sustained severe burns to the face and arms which led to swelling. He also had a light stroke while at the Memphis Medical Center before being transferred to Augusta.
Orlanda Elliott said his father will undergo skin grafts to the face after the swelling subsides.
The city police and fire departments provided a drive-by parade late Saturday afternoon on Cuba Street as a homecoming for the Elliotts.
“We thank the whole community for all their blessings, offers and concerns and gifts,” said Orlanda Elliott.
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