Miracle Midland Boy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/18/02

Miracle Midland Boy

You could say that it's a small miracle. A two year-old Midland boy is rushed to Lubbock with severe burns to most of his body. A year later, he is more than just a success story at UMC.

Jacob Rice was placed in scalding hot water by his mom's boyfriend, who is now in prison for that crime. The mother was charged with not seeking medical help for the child, and she later gave up her parental rights. However, this story has a good ending. Jacob is being adopted now by Lori Cantrell, the surgical tech at UMC who helped nurse him back to good health.

"I walked in one day, and he said 'mom.' It just melted my heart. He was such a sweet baby and for him to say that, that's the only word he had spoken until that point," says Lori Cantrell.

Along with his new family, Jacob has a new name, Levi. A Lubbock attorney has offered to do the adoption for free.

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