My name is Lourdes Zephier. My granddaughter, Brooklyn survived a fire. Her dad, Patrick, saved her and six other children from a burning house. She was burned 67% of her body and lost four finger on her right hand. She was two years old, at the time. There are no words to describe the sorrow that overtook us when living this experience. Brooklyn has been walking this road of healing for six years. Her strength and fortitude are immeasurable. There have been many health care providers that have helped to hold our hearts and spirit to assist us in coming this far. Brooklyn is an inspiration that has brought forth many teachings for us. At the small, town hospital in Wagner South Dakota Dr. Bubak held my hands and said, “this is going to be a long road.” She was taken from a very remote area in South Dakota, by helicopter, to Sioux Falls airport. From there she was flown to Regions hospital in Minneapolis. She remained in critical condition, at Regions, for 30 days. I will forevermore carry a deep abiding gratitude for the staff a Regions hospital. After 30 days in Minnesota she was airlifted to Shriners hospital in Cincinnati. My heart is filled with love for the staff that has provided endless support at Shriners. I remember telling her that if she chose to walk this earth then I committed myself to teaching her everything that I knew and if there were other things she wanted to learn, I would find her those teachers. The sorrow was so vast that I felt as if my heart would stop beating. There have been countless surgeries, flights to Cincinnati, hearings of many wounds. There has been much laughter and strengths along with the pain. Brooklyn blesses us with the understanding that, no matter what happens to us, we can overcome anything ❣️Thank you for the opportunity to share.