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Royse City ATV crash, fire leaves girl hospitalized

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An East Texas girl suffered severe burns and injuries from an ATV accident in Royse City recently, and her family credits a Good Samaritan with rescuing her.

On July 5, 11-year-old Keylee Latham and three friends rode an ATV to drop off trash in a dumpster, but the ATV flipped over on its side.

Part of Latham’s body was pinned underneath, and one of the girls she was with ran to the nearest house to get help.

“That man came and tried to free her from the ATV, and at this point he couldn't, so he decided, from my understanding, to get his vehicle and try to hook to it and roll it off her,” said Latham’s aunt, Gloria McCoy.  “While he was trying to figure out how to do that, it exploded and caught fire.”

The ATV was off of her, but Latham’s small frame was engulfed in flames. The man patted them out as her father rushed to her side.

“She just kept saying, 'Daddy, I don't want to die,’” said McCoy. “‘I want to go to heaven, but not today.’”

Latham, who’s from Martin's Mill, is currently in critical condition at a hospital’s burn unit. She’ll find out Tuesday if she’ll have surgery to begin skin grafts and if she'll be able to keep her legs and feet.

“The waist down, from what I understand, is third and fourth degree burns, and her arms are second and third,” said McCoy.

Latham’s family is struggling, and McCoy says the accident is an awful reminder for parents.

“Don't let them out of your sight,” said McCoy. “You might think they're experienced or whatever, but once they get out of your sight, you don't know what happens.”

Latham, a rising sixth grader, is fighting through the pain. She gets inspiration from the messages on her Facebook page, Prayers for Keylee.

She’s expected to remain in the burn unit for three to four months and will then need physical therapy.

McCoy says the Lathams have no medical insurance and have started a fundraiser page.

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