Injured toddler in need of help

Published 8:22 am Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The family of a two-year-old Atmore boy injured in a recent cooking accident is reaching out to the community in hopes of raising money for his medical treatment.

Earlier this month, Tristan Brown was severely burned by hot grease when he pulled a hot pot off a stove, burning his back, head and face, according to his aunt Janessa Carter.

Carter said Brown sustained the injuries only a month after accidentally breaking his arm at daycare. Now, she says, the toddler is a patient at UAB, where he likely will need a skin graft done on his back, as well as possible plastic surgery to his face.

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Carter said Brown remains vibrant and playful despite his injuries.

“This little two-year-old has endured, in the last two months, more than any of us has endured in our life time,” Carter said. “But it has never stopped in from being a two-year-old.”

Carter said Brown’s mother, Shameka Brown, is currently in Birmingham with her son, but also has four other children to care for, including her oldest son, Jakius, who recently underwent emergency surgery to have his appendix removed.

“This mother has endured so much,” Carter said. “As I talked to her, trying to encourage her, she’s at her breaking point and, just like her, I know many of us would feel the same way.”

Carter said the family is now doing all they can to help support, not only Shameka and Tristan, but the rest of the Brown family during this difficult time.

“We’re going to be having a yard sale Saturday (May 25) in front of the old Brantley’s Tires,” Carter said. “We are having a car wash next Saturday (June 1) at O’Reilly’s.”

Carter said the family is also selling wristbands with Tristan’s name on them for $3 each. In addition, an account has been set up at Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union under the name Janessa Carter’s Funding For Tristan Brown, where donations of any amount can be made.

“This could be any one of us,” Carter said of Brown’s current trials. “She needs our help. Any amount of donation will be greatly appreciated.”

To order a bracelet, make a donation or get more information, Carter can be contacted at (251) 359-7185.

The site of the former Brantley’s Tires location, where Saturday’s yard sale is planned, is 516 North Main Street. O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, where the Saturday, June 1 car wash is scheduled to be held, is located at 1304 South Main Street.