Toddler escapes fire that killed his mom and left him with burns to 95% his body – World News

WARNING! DISTRESSING IMAGES Elizabeth Moreno (New York), USA) was caught in a house fire with her two young children. This happened after Elizabeth Moreno’s lodger set their home ablaze in retaliation.

Liam Moreno just before the house was set on fire

After a lodger set fire to the family home, setting it ablaze and killing his sister and mother, this brave little boy was able to survive.

Liam, a two-year-old boy, was caught in the flames with Ema, Ema’s six-year old sister, and grandad Claudino of the New York House in New York.

Aunt Denise Moreno 45 remembers her nephew a beautiful boy who loved his big sister and was close to his family, especially his mom.

This all changed in an instant when smoke started to billow from their home on July 2019, however

The tragic fire is believed to have been started by an arsonist, who came to New York City in search of a job and stayed at the Moreno’s family home while he found his feet.







Aunt Denise does all she can to protect Liam.
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However, his family saw that he was not mentally healthy and asked him to leave. He became aggressive and set the house ablaze in revenge.

The lodger perished in the flames that his family attempted to put out before emergency services arrived.

Crews located Elizabeth and Liam at the front door, trying to escape. One firefighter was able to give CPR to Liam, which saved his life.







Elizabeth with her children Ema, and Liam (pictured with their uncles and grandad).
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Brave Liam bravely survived the blaze
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He was brought to the hospital by his mother and an ambulance.

Denise, programme manager, remembers being in a rush to leave work and arriving at the house in shock. Liam’s condition was extremely critical, as 95 per cent of his body was burned.

Denise was informed by Liam that he had less than one percent chance of survival as they arrived at the hospital.







Denise, Liam’s aunt, has stood beside him
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She is worried that Liam will be bullied as the years go by
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He would require constant care to live a normal life.

Liam’s body was extremely swollen and he was unable to open his eyes and mouth. To relieve the pressure, Liam was covered with medical equipment.

His body was also failing and he had to undergo extracorporeal Membran oxygenation (ECMO).







Doctors gave Liam less than 1% chance of survival
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Despite all odds, the tot survived
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Here, a machine is connected to the patient to replace the function and heartbeat.

Denise was informed by doctors in July 2019 that Liam would need to have his right foot, fingers, and toes amputated to ensure his survival. There was no blood supply to his limbs, which was necessary to prevent further infection.

After over a year in hospital, Liam was finally allowed home in November 2020 where he entered the full-time care of Denise’s sister-in-law Rafelina Moreno, 50.







His burns caused swelling in Liam’s eyes, mouth and ears.
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He has therapy to assist him with swallowing, speech and walking.
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Although they’re thankful that he’s finally home, the amount of care and attention he needs has been overwhelming.

He has had 35 more surgeries since then, including multiple skin grafts and neck realignment, as well as surgery to his intestines.

In addition to this, he also receives up five home therapies per days, five days a semaine, which include speech therapy, swallow aid, and individual assessments. He also gets general checkups from doctors a few times per month.







Denise reminisces about Liam’s happy and confident childhood.
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Denise is worried that Liam will be bullied in the future for how he looks and moves.

The toddler perseveres despite the difficult road ahead.

Recalling the day of the fire, Denise said: “I was packing up my stuff at work when I received a notification through an app on my phone that alerted me of a mass fire in my neighbourhood. As I clicked on the link, my heart sank as I realised it was my family’s home.







Liam had to have both his right foot, fingers, and toes amputated
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Denise states that he is a living testament to not taking life for granted
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“I was in total disbelief and I rushed out of work to make my way to the house, where my phone kept ringing each time there was a further note of severity.

“As I arrived, I fell to my knees in complete shock and fear at the site of the house, which was crumbling apart.”

It is understood Elizabeth tried to escape with Liam first, as she was found by the front door holding him.







Liam and mum tried to escape through the front door.
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Liam was immediately taken to the hospital and hooked up with medical equipment
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Claudino was reportedly involved in a physical altercation with the arsonist, while trying to save his family.

“The neighbour from the first floor initially called 911 after an explosion was heard and after five minutes, firefighters appeared where they pulled out Liam first and performed CPR on him, which saved his life.

“Liam was wrapped up and rushed to the hospital in an ambulance as he was in an extremely critical condition.







Liam was thought to have a 1 percent chance of survival
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He spent more than a full year in hospital and underwent multiple surgeries.
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“As I arrived at the hospital, I noticed that his whole body was extremely swollen where his eyes and mouth were completely stuck shut. He was quickly bandaged to relieve the pressure from the burns, and placed on medical equipment to aid him in breathing.

“Medics then informed me that his intestines were starting to swell and in order to save his life, they had to open up his stomach so that they could relieve the pressure.







Liam now lives with his auntie.
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“Although our whole family was in complete fear over the condition of Liam, the doctors made us feel reassured each step of the way that they were doing everything they could to help his severe state.

“Despite this, it was very easy to lose hope and we held onto our faith even harder, praying for not just Liam, but for Elizabeth too.”

Elizabeth died in August 2020. Her condition had not stabilized.







Denise is currently trying to raise funds for Liam’s rehabilitation
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Denise was heartbroken but had to look after Liam who was still in critical health and had no family members.

She added: “Liam takes everything day by day and he is starting to get used to seeing the therapists, which has been a great breakthrough as it makes my job as a carer slightly easier.

“We have learned through Liam and his fight that you can never give up and that each day is a gift that shouldn’t be taken for granted.”

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