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Local girl recovering from injuries

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Carmen Schleppy
Doctors are currently treating seven-year-old Carmen Schleppy at Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis, after she suffered third-and fourth-degree burns on approximately 60 percent of her body.

The Schleppy's were in the process of moving to a new home May 2.

Carmen and her mother Colleen were watching television by the living room fireplace when Carmen's skirt caught fire and she started screaming.

Carmen also had leggings on, but the outfit melted onto her.

Doctors speculate Carmen may need treatment at Riley for several months.

"Watching her dressing changes is one of the hardest things since the fire. Seeing her legs and being able to tell where they had to cut away at her legs is more than heart breaking," Colleen said. "One of the nurses here quickly learned that if she gets four milliliters of morphine about five minutes before waking her up from sedation, she won't wake up screaming."

Carmen's temperature is up and down, and she is frequently in and out of consciousness. Carmen has undergone two surgeries thus far and the doctors are trying to replace the affected skin with skin grafts.

The burns on Carmen's back and bottom should heal and the doctors were able to find skin auto-grafts for her arms, legs and abdomen.

Carmen could need up to 10 or more surgeries to fully recover from the damage.

An anonymous party established an account at Fifth Third Bank, 637 E. National Ave., Brazil, where community members, family and friends can make donations to assist the family with financial burdens associated with Carmen's stay at Riley.

The account is called "Colleen Schleppy for the Benefit of Carmen."

"Our focus has been on our daughter and we're grateful for what others have done to help us. I am not the type of man to ask anyone for help like this and we just want to say thank you to those who contributed," Carmen's father Tony Schleppy said.

There is also a Facebook group supporters may join to encourage and pray for Carmen and her family called "Pray for Carmen Schleppy" at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=grou....

Carmen is a first-grader at Forest Park Elementary, and she and her family attend Reverend Mark Thompson's First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street. Carmen is a member of the AWANA Kids Program.

"She has to have a feeding tube to get the nutrients she needs. She'll be here at the hospital a while, but she's been a trooper," Tony said.

The Schleppy's are also responsible for three other children while Carmen is in the hospital. They have an 11-year-old son, a 10-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son.

Those interested in making a donation can contact Fifth Third at 446-2543.

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The Schleppy's are actually members of the Brazil First United Methodist Church. Their children attend Awana at the Baptist Church.

-- Posted by always skeptical on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 8:58 PM

How a single moment can change seemingly everything! Get better soon and we will indeed be praying for you.

-- Posted by brazilian on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 7:12 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with Carmen and the Schleppy family!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 11:00 AM

This is an absolutely terrifying thing to experience. My Dad was burned and his clothing melted into his legs and stomach also his arms and feet. He experienced all the things Carmen is going thru and it was the worst thing to have to watch him suffer the fever and hallucinations and we just thought he would not recover, but he did and its been a few years ago, but it is not anything I would ever want to go thru again. He is fine , has some scars and thats all. God bless Carmen and her family.

-- Posted by Soni on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 1:04 PM

At one of the saddest and most difficult moments a family has experienced, it shames me to see that people still have to make negative comments making the parents of this little girl sound neglectful.

I would like to defend the family by saying that anyone who has raised or is currently raising children knows how quickly accidents can happen--even if a child is being watched closely. This was purely an accident. It was one of those incidents where a few moments of possibly looking away resulted in something terrifying and heartbreaking for all who were and are involved.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Schleppy family--that they may hold strong and have peace at what will possibly be one of the most trying times of their lives.

-- Posted by Larah1 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 8:30 PM

Well said Larah1. I am sure these parents are dealing with enough. It was an accident and it certainly doesn't appear to be a case of neglect!!

-- Posted by Neighbor79 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 8:51 PM

@BrazilResidents2003, unless you know the family personally, I think it is quite rude for you to say that this was anything more than a freak accident.

Carmen cutie pie, I am praying everyday that you have a speedy recovery. We love you and can't wait for you to heal and be home.

-- Posted by amb925 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 9:13 PM

I would also like to say that making such rude/ignorant comments is quite hurtful to the parents who ARE reading all of these comments. So PLEASE, think before posting something potentially hurtful or rude. If you are unable to post anything positive to lift this family up in their time of need, please refrain from commenting.

-- Posted by amb925 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 9:32 PM

As a parent, you do the best you can to watch your children. There is no guarantee that accidents are not going to happen. The comment about the "reality check"....not necessary!!! Prayers going up to heaven for the Schleppy family!

-- Posted by bee1981 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 11:27 PM

God bless this family and I pray for a speedy recovery. As a parent, I know that there is nothing as heart wrenching as your child getting hurt, especially in the manner that this little girl was hurt. Thank God for Riley Hospital, I'm sure Carmen has the best chance of a good outcome due to the care she is receiving there.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 11:47 PM

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