A girl severely burned in a bizarre accident is now back at home after spending the last three weeks recovering at a hospital in Ohio.
Tah'Mia Gorman, 6, is making great progress, recovering inside her home at Linwood Boulevard and Chestnut Avenue in Kansas City, MO. Her hair caught on fire when she was walking past a running stove. Her family believes her hair product was flammable.
Her family celebrated her return home Saturday in a big way with a hero's welcome home for a little girl who has fought bravely to recover from third- and fourth-degree burns to her head and face.
"My favorite part of coming home was surprising my family - they didn't know that we was coming home," Tah'Mia said with excitement.
Those in attendance saw a little glimpse of Tah'Mia's spunk and good cheer, as she sang one of the songs that kept her smiling through the three-week stay at the Shriner's Hospital in Cincinnati.
"I'm trying to provide just the happiness that we all want for our children," Tim Gorman, Tah'Mia's father, said. "It is going to be a long process. She is a soldier, and I think she is going to win this war."
Tah'Mia gave thanks Saturday to that hospital and to her family.
"And thank you for all the people that are praying for me," she said.
And there was one more special thank you with a card for a family friend who helped Tah'Mia's dad put out the flames on the little girl's head.
"We heard some screams. He opened the door, and we saw fire. I just jumped on top of her, me and her father," said Michael Roby, a family friend.
Roby burned his hands too, but said his focus has always been on seeing the moment when Tah'Mia could come home and see her back and up and moving.
Tah'Mia will keep going back to Cincinnati for follow-up treatments and will likely have some permanent scarring, which doctors are working on trying to diminish.
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