Little girl recovering after severe burns to half her body

Little girl recovering after severe burns to half her body »Play Video
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- An update on a story we brought you last year. A little girl in Kennewick, played with fire and was left with severe burns all over her body. Today she is beating the odds and making a recovery.

Jadin Filla is a five year old, walking miracle.

"They had to amputate her fingers and her thumb on the right hand and amputate her pinky on the left hand," said her grandma, Linda Filla.

The burns were so destructive, taking a toll on her little body. Doctors said she had a ten percent chance of surviving. Devastating news for her family.

"When they told me that, I looked at the doctor, and I looked at her...I said we have something you don't have, we have God, said Linda."

No one knows exactly what happened last July 4Th, but they do know their lives were forever changed. Jadin was outside playing with a lighter and a piece of paper. An unforgettable scream led her ten-year old sister to open the front door, only to find the unimaginable, Jadin engulfed in flames.

"I thought I was gonna lose my daughter...it's a horrible feeling that nobody should go through...it sucks," said Jadin's dad, Christopher Filla.

"It took everything I had not to burst out in tears right in front of her," said Jadin's step-mom, Katie Wright.

The burns cover roughly half of her body. The worst are the fifth degree burns on her right arm. Jadin underwent 12 surgeries over her eight weeks at Harborview Medical Center. She was sedated most of the time.

Her recovery process includes a lot of stretching and lotion.
She no longer has oil glands where she was burned, so doctors fear she will dry out. But none of this sets Jadin back. She is now in kindergarten and even runs around on the playground with her classmates.

"For everything she's been through, she's very happy, jolly, go-lucky kid," said Linda.

"It's amazing, I never thought we'd see her like this again...it's gonna be a long road, but I just gotta sit back and take it day by day," said Christopher.

A long road, with a lot of hope.