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Westmoreland burn victim coming home after treatment in the US

By Kimone Witter

Adrianna Laing, who suffered serious burns in a fire that claimed the lives of her siblings in Springfield, Westmoreland, six months ago, is to return to Jamaica on Thursday.

The 13-year-old has been receiving treatment in the United States, including more than two dozen surgeries.

Local 10 News in South Florida spoke with Adrianna and her father, Adrian about her recovery.

Adrianna, who medics said had only 48 hours to live after she received severe burns, defied all odds and recovered in record time. 

She suffered burns to 97 per cent of her body, and since there is no burn unit in Jamaica, she had to be taken overseas. 

The Jamaican Consulate and the Sanmerna Foundation engaged Trinity Air Ambulance in Florida to fly Adrianna to a medical facility in Georgia for treatment.  

Her father, Adrian Laing called the air ambulance a "miracle jet". 

"It's very shocking to be here," said Adrianna, as she reflected on how far she has come having undergone 26 surgeries.  

Adriana said she wants to raise money to help build a burn centre in Jamaica. Additionally, she said when she grows up, she want to become a doctor to treat children who were burnt just like her.