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Schleppy to have what family hopes is last surgery

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Carmen Schleppy
Seven-year-old Carmen Schleppy has made quite a recovery in just a little over a month after suffering third-and-fourth-degree burns.

"She's having what we hope is her last surgery on Thursday (today). It's another skin graft surgery, this time on her back," said Carmen's mother, Colleen Schleppy. "The skin is healing well and she's been having better days and they've taken her off of the pain management drip."

Carmen was taken to Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, after she suffered 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 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.

If Carmen's surgery goes well, she will be transferred to a patient rehabilitation unit two weeks later and could stay there as long as a month.

"This is the final step before getting to come home. She (Carmen) has gotten out of her room for the first time. She's eating again, but it's like a baby just starting out. She's not walking yet and has to learn how to stand up again," Colleen said. "She's got a long road of physical therapy ahead. She has to build her strength back up."

Since the accident, community members have stepped up to offer support.

An anonymous party established an account at Fifth Third Bank, 637 E. National Ave., Brazil, where community members, friends and family 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."

In addition, Hunter's Lounge, 1450 E. United States 40, Brazil, will host a benefit for Carmen 1 p.m., Saturday, June 25.

There will be a hog roast, with macaroni and potato salads, baked beans, green beans, coffee and tea. Pie and cake will be served for dessert.

Entertainment will be provided by Terry Chew and DJ music.

Raffles will take place and there will be a white elephant sale.

All donations of money or items for the benefit will be greatly appreciated.

There is also a Facebook group where supporters may join to encourage the family and pray for Carmen, called "Pray for Carmen Schleppy."

For further information on the June 25 event, call 442-8551 or 448-1760.

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

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