Eight-year-old Safyre Terry lost a hand and foot due to a fire that claimed the lives of her father and three siblings. She survived the fire because her father shielded her from the smoke and flames but experienced burns on 75 percent of her body, leading to more than 50 surgeries. Terry now has a new hand and foot, according to a post by her aunt Liz Dolder on social media.
Terry lost her right hand and left foot because of medical problems stemming from the 2013 arson fire, according to People. She was the only survivor.
On June 28, Dolder posted a picture of the eight-year-old with a prosthetic hand and foot. The young girl is seen holding a rock that says “Faith” in her new hand. Hearts, pandas, and yin and yang symbols cover her prostheses. The photo caption reads, “Good evening everyone. On Friday Safyre got her new hand and foot. It was the best day ever she said she is on cloud nine. Loving the glow she has. HOPE FAITH & LOVE TO ALL.”
The young girl’s story went viral last December when her aunt shared Terry’s wish for enough Christmas cards to cover their tree. One million cards arrived, including ones from celebrities like Beyonce and even a note from the White House.
In addition to Christmas cards, the public donated $418,279 to help cover Terry’s medical expenses. She also was given a week-long trip to Disney World for herself, her aunt, and her aunt’s four children. The non-profit Baking Memories 4 Kids sponsored the trip, according to WNBC.
Sadly, Terry made headlines again in February of this year when a volunteer was charged with stealing from the girl. Kimberly Bradford, 41, was accused of taking around $800 in cash and $550 worth of gift cards from correspondence sent to Terry, according to ABC News. The organization Bradford volunteered for had been helping to respond to the vast number of cards sent to Terry.
Dolder told Fox 5 News that the new prostheses are working well. “Safyre is doing great. She’s getting around great.”
A few days after receiving her new prostheses, Terry walked in a parade, according to Fox8.com.
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