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Teenage girl severely burned, fighting for life

Teenage girl severely burned, fighting for life. (WPEC)

A Ft. Pierce girl is fighting for her life in the burn unit of a Miami-area hospital.

Layne Chesney, 14, has burns over 95% of her body.

And her mother, a single parent, is at her bedside at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami.

She says doctors aren’t sure if the girl will pull through.

“She’s always been a fighter and I’m gonna fight with her no matter what it takes,” said Leigh Chesney, Layne’s mother.

Leigh Chesney realizes all she can do now is pray for her daughter, 14-year-old Layne Chesney.

The ninth grader was severely burned at a friend’s house on New Year’s Eve in Ft. Pierce.

Deputies say Layne put gasoline on a fire pit.

“The flames of the fire were going out and gasoline spilled onto the fire and she became engulfed in flames,” Chesney said.

She says her daughter, a ninth grader at Lincoln Park Academy, loves softball and is a straight-A student.

Now she faces an uncertain future and months in the hospital.

“Obviously she’s suffered a lot of disfiguring injuries. The most severe is to her chest and her stomach. I just keep remembering how she was, and it’s very hard to see her like she is now,” she explained, in tears.

Layne’s mother and older sister Lauryn remain at her bedside, praying she will survive.

Doctors aren’t sure because the burns are so extensive covering 95% of her body.

“The only part of her body that wasn’t burned is the bottom of her feet. She’s going to have a very difficult long battle, she’s gonna have many, many setbacks. It’s not gonna be easy. Some days will be difficult, some days will be better,” Chesney said.

She has this warning for other parents.

“Just discuss with your children about fire safety and just the dangers of having different flammable materials around an open fire,” she said.

Layne’s mother says Layne is in the ICU and is in a medically-induced coma.

She’s already had two surgeries, including a seven and a half hour surgery Tuesday.

Because of the risk of infection, she says the next 24-48 hours will be crucial in terms of whether her daughter will survive.

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