Burn Victims Reunited With Heroes Under the Big Top

This touching story comes to us from Springfield Missouri. Two girls who were caught in a house fire and are receiving care at our Shrine Hospital in Cincinnati.  These girls were given the five star treatment.

It was a special night filled with surprises hosted by the Shriners, honoring two girls who were badly burned in a house fire.

Last week, KOLR/KSFX got an exclusive look at how Aleena, 8, and Alexia Havens, 5, are healing from a house fire in January.

The Shriners flew the girls to a hospital in Cincinnati and since have picked up all medical costs.

This week, tigers and trapeze artists helped put smiles back on the girls’ faces. It all started with a limo ride.

Their ride to the Shrine Circus would be one in style — a little luxury for girls looking to heal. Both were badly burned in a home two months ago.

Touch and go at times, but the Shriners are now making them feel like stars.

“When they got out of the limo out front we bought them, I started crying immediately,” says Shriner Tony Slavens. “Shriners — we’re all a bunch of grown men in a fraternity, but our hearts are with our kids.”

Monday kicks of four nights at the shrine circus to benefit Shiners Hospitals For Children.

“We call them our kids,” adds Slavens. “We have 22 hospitals and that’s all Shriners do, is support our philanthropy — our hospitals.”

The center ring — usually reserved clowns — for a moment made for the perfect reunion as the girls were reunited with the first responders who helped saver their lives that January day.

Then with bright eyes and big smiles, the Big Top began.

A night, it seems, filled with inspiration and circus strength from the stands just as much as the three rings.

For the next four days, every dollar of the $6 ticket will go to kids.

The Shriners have 22 hospitals and help treat kids for everything from cleft pallets to spinal injuries.

The Shriners will recognize other kids they have helped over the next couple of nights.

To see the video of the girls arriving at the circus visit ozarksfirst.com

 

Story originally by Ozarks First, Jennifer Denman

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