Addie Mae Davis was standing by her mother when a pressure cooker exploded leaving her with first-, second- and third-degree burns.
NICEVILLE — A 2-year-old suffered severe burns after a pressure cooker exploded in her family’s kitchen on Halloween night.
Local business owners Scott and Angela Stevenson of Niceville say their granddaughter Addie Mae Davis was standing next to her mother, Bethany, when the accident occurred.
The pressure cooker was a gift that Bethany recently received, but had cooked in before.
"She was cooking chicken for dinner and began venting it, then came back 30 minutes later," Scott said. "It gave the all of the indications that it was vented and ready to be opened. As soon as it was opened, it just blew up."
Bethany and Addie Mae live in Virginia. After the explosion occurred, Addie Mae was sent to a pediatric intensive care unit at a nearby hospital. The 2-year old suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns to her face and body.
Bethany, who was holding the lid when the explosion occurred, received burns to her chest but refused treatment to stay near her daughter.
"No one likes to see their child in pain and distress but my daughter is a strong woman," Scott said. "She has been holding up very well."
According to Scott, his son-in-law, Jeremiah, was in between jobs at the time of the accident so the family did not have health insurance to cover the medical bills. In order to help them with the bills, Scott and his wife decided to start a GoFundMe.
"We wanted to get their financial worries off their minds," Scott said. "When you look at the situation, it’s an unfortunate circumstance."
Scott and Angela have gotten on Facetime with their granddaughter twice a day since she arrived in the hospital, where she has been receiving painful daily debridement (removal of damaged tissue). Addie Mae will be released from the hospital sometime this weekend.
According to Scott, the doctors are optimistic about her recovery.
"Right now the doctor is saying it’s a high probability that she won’t scar or need surgery or grafts," Scott said. "She can’t say for 100 percent that will happen but we will wait and see. My daughter’s wounds will probably scar."
Scott and his wife will be traveling to see Addie Mae when she comes home, but he said he is thankful for the support so far.
"It’s been rough but she seems to be in better spirits," Scott said. "It’s been surprising the amount of support we’ve had."
To donate to the GoFundMe, visit the page here.