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Thursday, February 21, 2013

11 year-old girl catches fire at Oregon hospital


© KATU/ABC News
Ireland Lane, an 11-year-old cancer survivor, caught fire at an Oregon hospital.
An 11-year-old cancer 

survivor who was 

hospitalized with a head 

injury is now recovering 

from third-degree burns 

after her shirt 

mysteriously caught fire 

in a Portland, Ore., hospital room. 

The girl, Ireland Lane, had been painting in her room at 


Doernbecher Children's Hospital, ABC affiliate KATU 

reported. Moments later, she ran into the hallway 

screaming, with her T-shirt aflame. 

"I've been in medicine going back 30 years now
 and never heard anything like this. And hopefully I 

never will again," Dr. Stacy Nicholson, physician-in-chief 

at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, told KATU. 

"Our safety experts are working closely with the 
Oregon  State Fire Marshal's office on its 
investigation," 

Nicholson added in a statement to 
ABCNews.com. "We  anxiously await the their 
findings and will certainly make
adjustments if the cause was preventable." 


Hospital staff extinguished the flames, but the cause of 


the fire remains a mystery. Ireland said she used hand 

sanitizer to clean a table that rolled over her bed, where 

she had painted a wooden box as a gift for her nurses, 

the Oregonian reported. Officials are investigating 

whether the alcohol-based sanitizer and static electricity 

could have sparked the fire, a spokesman for the Oregon 

State Fire Marshal told ABCNews.com. 

Ireland, who is a cancer survivor, had been hospitalized 


for an unrelated head injury. She was due to leave the 

hospital the day of the fire, Feb. 2. Instead, she is 

undergoing treatment for third-degree burns on her 

chest, neck, arms and earlobes at Legacy Oregon Burn 

Center, the Oregonian reported. She is listed in serious 

condition and scheduled to undergo a second skin graft 

Thursday - her 12th birthday. 

"She's quite a tough one," the girl's father, Stephen 


Lane of Klamath Falls, Ore., told the Oregonian. "She's 

been through more than any child I've ever heard of, and 

to still walk around with a smile on her face and enjoy 

the things of the day that are going on, and be a kid is to 

me pretty amazing." 

Lane said his daughter "still has bad dreams," but 


doesn't remember the fire. He, on the other hand, can't 

get it out of his head. He was sleeping in Ireland's 

hospital room when the fire erupted and followed his 

frantic daughter into the hallway, where hospital staff 

proceeded to smother the flames. 

"I can handle all of it - I'm a dad and I'm supposed to," 


Lane told the Oregonian. "But I hate seeing her unhappy 

stuck in a hospital again."
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