Family starts ‘Akira’s Foundation’ after daughter is severely burned
MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. — On the surface, seven-year-old Akira looks like a lot of girls her age. However, her bubbly personality changed with a terrible accident.
“She was non-responsive. She wouldn’t talk. She wouldn’t look at me,” said Alisha Presson, Akira’s mom.
Akira wanted to eat a cup of noodles, but the soup out of the microwave was too hot and burned her so badly, she almost died.
“We didn’t even know if she was going to make it,” said Presson.
In April, Presson was badly hurt after a car accident. She hired a caregiver to help her out around the house. The caregiver, she said, gave her daughter the soup without checking how hot it was.
“She went to the microwave, got it out and handed it to my daughter on the couch and my daughter spilled it all in front of her,” Presson said.
Just from the soup, Akira was burned so badly she had to be airlifted to Seattle to treat third and fourth degree burns. She’s had two skin grafts so far.
“The hotels and rental cars and all that stuff has already cost us at least $10,000,” said Presson.
Although they’ve struggled financially, they’re making it. They’re worried others might not be able to.
“I met a lot of families that were over there that were sleeping in the lobby,” said Linda Harris, Akira’s grandmother.
That’s why Akira’s mother and grandmother decided to start Akira’s Foundation.
“We decided that it would be really good to use this experience to give back,” Harris said.
Their goal is to pay for a place to stay, transportation, food, clothing, whatever a family needs in an emergency.
They hope this foundation will let other families focus on getting their children better, and not have to worry about less important things.
“It takes a community to make a difference, and we can all work together to help other families,” said Harris.
They hope someday they’ll be able to even buy an apartment where families can stay. They want to call it “Akira’s House.”
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