When a fire started in the family home, Chad who is a father of three reacted quickly. He realized his daughters, Callie and Chloe, were trapped upstairs and immediately ran up from the lower level. He first grabbed 8-year-old Chloe who was inside the bathroom. He ran through the fire and carried her to safety, flames still on her head. Chad did not think twice and immediately ran back into the house to rescue 10-year-old Callie who was unconscious in her room due to the smoke inhalation. Chad recalls that the smoke was so thick and black he could not even see his hand in front of his face. He reached Callie’s room, picked her up, and started to carry her to safety. It was then that he collapsed in the stairway from smoke inhalation. Fourteen-year-old brother Christian came to the rescue taking Callie out first and running back inside to rescue his dad. He then ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
The family huddled in their van until help arrived. In white-out conditions, it took the ambulance two hours to reach the University of Michigan Hospital. When Chloe first arrived, she was in critical condition with about 50% of her body burned. Callie recovered after a couple weeks and was released from the hospital in early February. Chad also has recovered from burns to his face, back, and feet.
Upon arrival, the Redman family immediately checked into the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) within C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and after a week was transferred to the main House. “We thank RMH Ann Arbor for everything they have done in our time of need. It is nice to know there is a place that helps people in a time of crisis when you really do not know what to do. From providing food, to a place to sleep, they had all the essentials to make us feel somewhat “normal” again. We thank the staff and volunteers at RMH and are forever grateful,” said Chad Redman.
Doctors told the family that Chloe would require several reconstructive surgeries and therapy due to the severe burn damage. With strong determination and a good fighting attitude, Chloe was released months earlier than anticipated in late March. She will still require physical therapy three days a week but the family is looking forward to heading back home to rebuild their life.