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5/23/2013 2:08:00 PM
Website updates family's progress in burn recovery
By TOM COMPTON
Daily News

The family that suffered severe burns in a citronella candle explosion has set up a website to keep people updated.

The Shrum family has set up www.theshrums.com to help local residents stay up to date on how the family is recovering from the incident.

In addition to updates on Jarrod and Mackenzie Shrum, it also has information on various fundraisers for the family. On May 18, Mackenzie Shrum, 10, started to blow out a citronella candle/torch when it exploded, spraying oil on her and her father, Jarrod Shrum, 34. Mackenzie's mother, Jenny Shrum, 42, saw Jarrod on fire and rushed to help him, when she saw Mackenzie was also on fire and went to her.

Both Jarrod and Mackenzie were flown to Springfield in separate helicopters. Jarrod is at Springfield Memorial Hospital, undergoing treatment for burns to his arms and hands. Mackenzie was flown to St. John's Children's Hospital, Springfield, and has also begun treatment for her injuries.

Jenny also suffered burns and a broken arm, which requires surgery.

An account has been set up at First Robinson Savings Bank for people that want to donate money to help the family.

This is one of the most recent posts on the website, by Jenny Shrum:

"Jarrod W. Shrum did extremely well with his surgery. In the next few days we will know how well the skin grafts will hold. My sweet Mackenzie is progressing slowly. Today will start the first of many surgeries. She has this wonderful stubbornness that I know now why she has it. She is a fighter!! Every time the nurses do something she doesn't like, even as sedated as she is, you can see her reaction to it. Every time I see it or the nurses tell me about it I smile and tell her 'good girl.' I will never be able to personally thank you all for all your support, I that God for each of you!! Thank you to my dear friends and family for setting up this prayer group. So much is going on here and I appreciate their help keeping everyone up to date! I have received so many messages. If I don't respond please know I have read them but may not be able to respond. God bless you all."



Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Maria Farmer

I (Mackenzie Shrum's biological mother) am staying with her at the hospital and writing a day by day recovery journal from Mackenzie's point of view. You can read it by clicking on the Journal link on the website http://www.theshrums.com



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