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Doctor sees long recovery for girl rescued from Buffalo house fire

The badly burned 8-year-old girl rescued by her father from a burning East Side home early Friday morning at 90 Humber St. faces a long and difficult recovery.

But Treasure Brighon, whose father died when he re-entered the house looking for her siblings, has a good chance of survival even with burns covering 90 percent of her body, said Dr. Kathryn Bass, director of trauma at Women & Children’s Hospital.

“Her prognosis is good at this point,” Bass said.

Treasure was stabilized in the emergency department after arriving at the hospital by ambulance. Her airways and breathing were secured, and then in the afternoon she was flown by jet to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati for specialized care.

“It is a very serious injury, and it is life-threatening,” Bass said. “However, she received immediate treatment, and the three major factors that give her a good outcome – her breathing, her circulation and her transport to the burn center – were attended to.”

Women & Children’s is classified as a level one pediatric trauma center, which includes burns. Patients are sent to Shriners for more severe injuries.

The hospital sent a transport team to accompany Treasure to Cincinnati. Bass said the girl was resting comfortably in a managed state of sedation, unaware of pain or her surroundings.

Treasure’s mother was unable to fly with her daughter to Cincinnati because there simply wasn’t room in the aircraft, Bass said. She said the mother wanted to drive there to see her daughter, and Women & Children’s would help to facilitate the trip with gas cards. She said the mother also was getting support through chaplain and social work services.

Bass said the girl will need many operations for months, if not years, to recover.

“This will be a very long recovery.” Bass said. “It is a very serious injury, and it will cause the need for multiple operations to remove the skin and to do grafting.”