Two years ago Safyre Terry, from New York, went through one of the most devastating experiences imaginable. The little girl had to watch her family die in an arson fire. She was only five-years-old at the time, and nearly died herself.
The only reason she survived was because her father shielded her from the flames with his own body. She was the only one in the family to survive, losing her father, sister and two brothers all at once.
Safyre herself sustained burns over 75% of her body, and had to have her right hand and left foot amputated during her painful and long recovery process. She spent 10 months in the hospital.
Now she is at home, after being taken in by her aunt—but the road to her recovery continues as she requires ongoing treatments with specialists, and frequent hospitalizations.
Her aunt said:
“Safyre has had multiply operations, over 50. She had lost her right hand, three months after the fire and lost her left foot in March.
She continues to have problem with her mouth due to the scar tissue tightening up. Her next operation on January 5th.”
As you can imagine, holidays are difficult after such devastating loss and a traumatic ordeal and recovery.
This year for Christmas, Safyre has just one heartbreakingly simple wish to make the holiday a little more merry.
Her aunt, Liz Dolder, told BuzzFeed News that Safyre just wants to receive lots and lots of Christmas cards for the holiday.
Dolder said she bought a special tree on which to hang Christmas cards, and said Safyre was immediately excited and dreamed of filling the whole thing with cards. Worried that they would probably only a handful of greeting cards, her aunt said she didn’t want to get her hopes up.
However determined to make Christmas special once again for the little girl who has gone through so much trauma at such a young age, Dolder reached out on Facebook and is asking everyone to help make the little girl’s simple Christmas wish come true.
So far, according to a Facebook page set up for Safyre, the response has been overwhelming and touching.
Christmas cards to Safyre can be sent to:
P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady NY 12306