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Nov 8, 2016

Hamilton Siblings Burned in Fire Getting Better After Surgeries

It’s been just over a month since two minors, severely burnt in an act of arson, were airlifted to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Texas, U.S.A.  On October seventh, four days after a tragic fire in the Saint Martin’s area, four-year old Ian Sambula and eight-year old Empress Hamilton were transferred from the K.H.M.H. to Shriner’s for life-saving medical attention. They both had received burns to ninety percent of their bodies in the fire deliberately set on a house on Aloe Vera Street in the city in which their eleven year old cousin, Aaron Gabourel perished. Their mother, Melisa Hamilton, accompanied them to the U.S. and within days, a relative traveled to Texas to assist with attending to the minors. Well reports are that the children are recovering after several rounds of surgeries. Today, their uncle, Christopher Hamilton gave News Five an update.


Christopher Hamilton

Christopher Hamilton, Uncle of Burn Victims

“As far as the updates I’ve been getting from my girl that went out there to meet my little sister to assist with the kids, they are doing pretty much better than they were before. They are already in the process of sitting up and walking and as far as I know, they are doing good. But there is a little issue with the little boy, Ian. He’s the one that has the most issue at this moment, besides Empress. Empress is doing very good right now. But Ian has a situation with his organs.  His stomach is swollen up and his organs aren’t working too well. So that’s what they are working on right now.”


Duane Moody

“What are the doctors saying in terms of their prognosis going forward?”


Christopher Hamilton

“The prognosis is very good at this moment. It’s a long process and this is just about three weeks a month now since this situation has happened and they are doing very good. They are very strong fighters for such small little kids, you know.”


Duane Moody

“Have you been able to speak to Empress who you say is moving around and everything?”


Christopher Hamilton

“Well not really on the phone, but I get little voice recordings from my girl and she is doing good. The swelling from their bodies that they were burnt earlier already went down so that’s a good sign. They had couple surgeries already and they are doing very good.”


A seventy-five thousand dollars loan was taken out by the Burn Victim Mercy Fund to get the siblings to the U.S. Since then, they have raised forty thousand dollars. But if you would like to assist, feel free to make deposits to the Burn Victim Mercy Fund at the Belize Bank account number 695-011-52111.

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