One year old. Severe burns. Multiple surgeries. Lengthy hospital stay.
Emily Hinton has already endured and survived what most won’t in a lifetime. The little girl from North Charlotte continues to defy the odds.
“She had surgery last week so she is continuing to progress,” family Pastor Todd Marlin told WBTV, the Observer’s media partner. “There is a little concern about lungs but those have turned out to be fine – clearing up. So she is still recovering from what has been her fifth surgery since the accident.”
Marlin has been in constant contact with the family since the accident in September when a backyard burn went wrong and accidentally burned Emily and her grandmother, Belinda.
Marlin said Belinda is recuperating at home.
Emily is still in the burn unit at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Doctors have told her parents to brace for a long hospital stay.
“They were told when they got there that it would be a three-month stay,” Marlin said. “And so the doctors have advised the family we’re not moving off that date. So they’re looking at three months in the hospital.”
He said Emily’s parents, Amy and Andy Hinton, have been at her bedside. Amy’s employer has allowed her to work off-site, so she’s at the hospital with a laptop.
“I think just the whole waiting is difficult. You’re going through multiple surgeries with recovery time and being in just a critical state for weeks. Emily is still critical,” Marlin said. “I think that may be one of the hardest things – that continued high level, high alert feel that you have when your child is in a really critical condition over a period of weeks.”
According to Marlin, the majority of Emily’s surgeries have been related to removing skin that was damaged in the fire. She also had surgery to insert a feeding tube.
Faith and hope have carried the family so far.
Hours after the accident, Amy Hinton asked everyone to pray. A family friend started a Facebook page.
Relatives, friends and strangers rallied.
One month later, the Facebook page, “Boldly Pray for Emily,” has more than 1,400 members. Many have sent messages to the family.
A GoFundMe account – visit the page here – has raised close to $13,000.
Marlin said one thing Amy Hinton “wanted to communicate above all else is just appreciation and gratefulness for all the prayers and support that they received. She said it’s been overwhelming.”
“There’s been no wavering in their faith. It has actually strengthened. It’s pretty remarkable to see,” Marlin said. “So the hope and prayer at this point is that the grafting will take and it will begin to heal as it should.”