This year, in order to raise awareness for the Children's Miracle Network Annual Telethon, NewsChannel 11 has brought you numerous stories of children and families who have been helped by the network and the money raised through the telethon. This is the story of 4-year-old Rani Cowley, whose injuries occurred only seven months ago.
On November 10th, the Cowley family of five had just returned home, when Joey Cowley turned on the gas fire place and shortly after went to the restroom. Rani, who was three at the time, had only been alone for a matter of minutes. That's when Joey heard a sound that would change their lives.
Rani's father, Joey recalls the incident; "I heard her start hollering and screaming, so I came running out and she met me in my bedroom and her dress was on fire."
Joey then tried to put out the fire which quickly covered Rani's entire back. "I tried to pat it out, that wasn't working. So I rolled her all around, trying to do the stop drop and roll deal, that didn't work. So I yanked the dress off her."
Rani was transported to the burn unit at University Medical Center, where she would undergo treatment for 27 days. Second and third degree burns now cover much of Rani's back, buttocks and legs.
While in the burn unit, hydro therapy was a major part of Rani's treatment, where the burn is washed out and scrubbed. Rani underwent the painful process almost every day during the first week.
Rani's mother Tabatha said, "She needed her bath everyday, she always felt better after they did it. I know it was painful, they gave her good pain medications so she didn't really remember any of it."
Rani faced other obstacles during her stay, she had to be fed through a tube, and she suffered an infection caused by a catheter IV, shifting her back and forth from the burn unit to pediatric intensive care. She also underwent skin graft surgery.
The Cowley's finally discovered Children's Miracle Network at the end of Rani's ordeal. Tabatha said, "Right before we were going to be coming home, they came and talked to us about Children's Miracle Network. They've helped us a lot, even outside the hospital, because they helped us purchase the burn garments that our insurance wouldn't cover and the silicon pad our insurance wouldn't cover."
Rani has to wear a compression garment which helps smooth out the scar tissue. The $600 suit has to be replaced every couple months for three years. Tabatha said they wouldn't be able to give Rani the proper treatment without Children's Miracle Network.
Tabatha said, "They've helped us quite a bit, very important, the Children's Miracle Network is very important to UMC and to all the kids around here."
Rani has numerous surgeries ahead of her, and Tabatha said the money raised through Children's Miracle Network will continue to play a big role in her recovery.
Tabatha says, "You're helping out with all these kids and every one of them are precious, every one of them deserve every chance and Children's Miracle Network gives them that."
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