Young New Albany fire victim to remain hospitalized one more day
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The 5-year-old New Albany girl who survived a fire in January that killed her three siblings had a setback in the hospital today.
She was supposed to be released this morning, but doctors decided at the last minute that she needed to be hospitalized for another day.
"The grandmother of 5-yr-old Taty'Ana Hughes says the young girl was excited and ready to go home, but doctors say her nutrition levels are quite what they need to be.
It wasn't the news Taty'Ana's family expected to hear on Wednesday.
"Oh my God, it's frustrating," said Marie Clark, Taty'Ana's grandmother. "My daughter is very emotional today because they're tired and they're ready to go home."
Taty'Ana has been in the hospital since early January, when she suffered significant burns in a fire that killed her three siblings -- 6-year-old Tai'zah, 4-year-old Tyrese and 2-year-old Trinity.
Family members say Taty'Ana has been talking lately about the fire.
"She remembers more than we expected her to," Clark said. "And that hurts. That hurts."
Eighteen-year-old Cody Cashion is charged with three counts of murder. Authorities say he intentionally fired a flare gun into the home, causing the fire. Three other teens also face charges in connection with the fire.
Taty'Ana, in the meantime, has been recovering at an Indianapolis hospital, where she sometimes mentions her siblings.
"She speaks about them sometimes as if they're there and then sometimes she says she knows they're in Heaven," Clark said. "But I have a feeling she's gonna expect to see them when she goes home because she's talking about tea time with Tai'zah."
Taty'Ana's family says she continues to make progress and is ready to go home.
"My daughter says she [Taty'Ana] took her bag and started packing in her hospital room and said: 'My stuff is ready.' So, she's very emotional. She's ready to go home."
A parade will be held in Taty'Ana's honor in front of the New Albany library, beginning at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. It will end at the Rec Center, where Taty'Ana will present the firefighter who rescued her with an award.
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