The James City County family whose home burned down on December 26 waits today at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, where their nine-month-old remains in fair condition. The baby was expected to undergo a skin graft today to repair severe burns. Their four-year-old, also injured, was released yesterday.
The Stokes family lost their one-story home in the 1200 block of Oak Drive to a fire in the early morning hours Friday, after which two of their four children were admitted to CHKD with severe burns.
According to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the family is still staying at the hospital to await the outcome of their infant’s skin graft, but they have no home to return to afterwards.
A spokeswoman for the Red Cross says they will meet with the family over the next day or so in order to find out exactly what is needed, but she says much of their property was lost. So far, the organization has helped the Stokes’ replace car keys lost in the blaze and fielded a few calls from residents who would like to help.