(NationRise.com) – A 17-year-old girl in Texas who was severely burned while celebrating her Christmas break has died.
Madison Lewis was celebrating with her friends around a barrel fire the weekend before Christmas. At one point, 23-year-old Sebastian Lindsey tossed a container filled with gasoline on the fire. Witnesses say they initially thought it was just a cup, but it caused a small explosion that flew in Lewis’s direction. She suffered severe burns on 90% of her body.
Lewis was rushed to Parkland Hospital, underwent four surgeries, and was put in a medical coma in an attempt to save her life. She remained unresponsive from the time of the incident until her death. Doctors hoped at one point that removing her pain medication would help her become responsive.
Her mother made frequent trips between Dallas, TX, and Jacksboro with help from the Ronald McDonald House. She expressed gratitude for their help and the assistance of those who tended to her daughter at the hospital.
Lewis was set to graduate this year and was preparing to leave home for college in August. Her mother called her a “warrior” and said she had a powerful determination that she used to overcome all obstacles.
Her friends were quick to help Lewis before taking her to get help. They decided to drive her to the hospital rather than call 911. Most of the participants were minors who were afraid to call authorities since they had been drinking alcohol.
Lindsey is facing manslaughter charges for the incident. Some attendees believe he intentionally attacked Lewis. The two had been seen arguing before the incident, according to witnesses. He is currently incarcerated without bond at the Jack County Jail. The investigation is ongoing.
The local community has come together to support Lewis’s family. A candlelight vigil was held, and a fundraiser was created to help cover medical bills and funeral expenses.
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