A Mercersburg girl who was severely burned in fire has been back home for a year and progressing

Reese Burdette doesn't let her injury stop her from living life

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - When you meet Reese Burdette you'll find that she is your typical ten-year-old girl.

“Sometimes I like to play outside in the swing set with my sister, I like to play Lego’s a lot on rainy and an on nice cold day,” said Reese Burdette.  

However, in May of 2014 while visiting her grandparents, she was in a bad electrical fire where she suffered severe burns and had to have an amputation below the knee of her left leg.

On march 18th last year, Reese came home after being in the hospital for 662 days. Over the last year she has made tremendous progression.

“She's an active kid on a day to day basis just like any ten year-old would be, she participates in dance, she participates in the children’s choir at the Mercersburg Academy,” said Claire Burdette, Reese’s mom.   

“In the last two months, we've seen her really open up she's more physically active her endurance is getting better, she requires less oxygen support in that sense,” said Justin Burdette, Reese’s dad.  

For Reese, she hasn't let the accident slow her down at all. She goes to school everyday and hangs with her friends. She is thankful to be at home with her family.

“I'm happy to be home and I’m happy to go to school and be friends,” said Reese Burdette.

Claire Burdette says that even through it all, her daughter always has a smile on her face and has a positive outlook on life. 

“She never complains about anything that has happened, she just laughs and lives life to the fullest and I think all of us can take a page out of her book,” said Claire Burdette. 


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