A 2-year-old girl was severely burned when a pressure cooker exploded on Halloween night at her family’s home in Virginia.
The girl, Addie Mae Davis, was hit by an explosion of boiling-hot food and liquid when the pressure cooker malfunctioned without warning.
The girl’s mother was using the pressure cooker to make chicken for dinner. She vented it and came back 30 minutes later.
According to the girl’s grandfather, “It gave the all of the indications that it was vented and ready to be opened. As soon as it was opened, it just blew up.”
Addie was burned on her face and body (1st, 2nd and 3rd degree) and was hospitalized in Richmond, Virginia at the VCU Burn Unit for Pediatric Intensive Care. There, she endured painful daily wound debridement and other exhausting treatments.
The girl’s mother was also burned on her chest, but refused to undergo treatment so she could stay by her daughter’s side.
The family did not have health insurance at the time of the accident. Facing enormous medical bills, the girl’s grandparents set up a GoFundMe to raise money to pay for Addie’s treatment.