Burned girl who lost family in arson asks for Christmas cards

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arson survivor Safyre Terry, who lost father, sister and brothers only wants one thing for Christmas.

It was an early May morning in 2013 when, investigators said, an arsonist set fire to the family’s apartment stairwell in Schenectady, N.Y., not far from Albany.An 8-year-old New York girl who suffered severe burns in a May 2013 arson fire that killed her family asked for one thing this year: holiday cards for her card tree.

Her aunt Liz Dolder told BuzzFeed News Safyre continues to have problems with her mouth due to the scar tissue tightening up and will have her next operation on January 5. But the aunt is now determined to bring a smile to the little girl’s face by appealing for cards from around the world to complete the stand using Safyre Schenectady’s Super Survivor , a Facebook page set up by Liz to track Safyre’s recovery and consolidate support from the local community. And, thanks to a charity, Sa’fyre and her adoptive family are heading to Walt Disney World, Dolder said. “It’s magical,” said Dolder. “You always hear about those horrible things happening. She lost the skin on her face, the toes on her left foot, her entire right hand and, later, the rest of her left foot, her aunt said. “Doctors were just making her comfortable until she passed away,” her aunt and legal guardian, Liz Dolder, 43, told The Washington Post. “She wanted to live.” “Everything is magical,” the aunt said. “I went to Goodwill and bought a Christmas card tree. And for this to happen – it restores your faith in humanity.” Sa’fyre Terry, 8, is “walking on air” as Christmas cards pour in for her, her aunt told the Daily News.

When we got our first Christmas card, she was so excited. … It was just incredible.” Safyre’s supporters have since launched an Imgur campaign to “make this little girl’s Christmas wish come true.” Dolder said so far she has collected close to 50 cards from the mailbox. You are a beautiful girl, and you deserve all the happiness in the world. “It’s so overwhelming,” Dolder said, sobbing. “I’m crying buckets, because when you’ve seen the ugly in the world, and then you see the world come together for her, it’s just more than words can say.

Sa’fyre has to undergo regular skin graft operations until she grows up, and Dolder and her husband Michael think he lost his longtime job this year because he missed work to take her for the treatments. Sa’fyre is already well-known in the area, having recently sat by Santa with Dolder’s 8-year-old twins, Jacob and Jasmine, in the yearly holiday parade run by The Daily Gazette of Schenectady.

Little Sa’fyre said she’s “so proud” that dozens of holiday cards have started pouring in after Dolder shared Sa’fyre’s request for holiday notes five days ago on the Facebook page Dolder maintains, “Schenectady’s Super Survivor.” Dolder bought the card tree at Goodwill and told Sa’fyre that she wasn’t sure the family would get enough cards to adorn it. Safyre’s mother, Jennica Duell, has also been charged for allegedly lying to a federal grand jury — first claiming she saw who started the fire and then claiming that statement was false, Jaquith said. Baking Memories 4 Kids, which uses proceeds from the sales of cookies to send children with life-threatening diseases to Florida amusement parks, is slated to stop by the family’s home with local law enforcement to deliver the good news Monday, Dolder said. She is set to go to trial in February. “The first moment I saw her, I was not prepared,” Dolder told The Post. “She did not have a face anymore. It was all burned off — all but a small patch on her forehead.” “We opted to do it; it was very sensitive,” Dolder said. “She didn’t have a sole left, so when she stepped on something, it was like knives going into her foot.

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