Posted at: 08/17/2013 7:36 PM
(ABC 6 News)-- Two months ago 3 year old Atticus Dehoff was severely burned while out playing with his brothers. Saturday a benefit was held to help Atticus's family with the recovery.
His mother Kelsey Shumaker is hoping others can learn from this horrifying accident.
Friends, family and community member all came out to support Atticus.
"He's very active being three, he loves playing with his brothers," said Kelsey Shumaker.
Kelsey Shumaker was burned herself trying to save Atticus. like many kids do, he and his three brothers and friends had been playing in the yard with matches and lighter fluid. When by accident Atticus was sprayed and left severely burned.
"We were at Regions hospital for 44 days and he had 8 or 9 surgeries," said Shumaker.
His mom is hoping others will learn from this accident the dangers that come from playing with matches.
"I just want a positive outcome from this, to help other people understand that accidents happen and they happen fast," said Shumaker.
The support from the community has meant a lot to the family. The benefit with games, a raffle, and silent auction will go to help the family with medical costs.
The fight isn't over for Atticus.
"He's got a lot ahead the skin grafts don't grow with him as he grows, so there will be many more surgeries," said Shumaker.
But this active little guy has a lot of fight in him.
"He’s not able to do much, but he's fighting to do it, he wants to do it with everyone else and just be a typical 3 year old," said Shumaker.
If you would like to donate to help Atticus a fund has been set up at the Mayo Credit Union as well as MinnWest Bank. Both funds under are under his name.