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April 4, 2014

Rayne’s riding the road to recovery

Severely burned three years ago, Millsap youth continues to make positive strides

By SALLY SEXTON

MILLSAP – Almost three years after a bonfire incident nearly took his life, Millsap’s Garrison “Rayne” Newby is on the road to recovery.

In November of 2011, Rayne was burned over 90 percent of his body when a container of diesel fuel exploded as he was attempting to reignite a bonfire at a friend’s home.

Rayne recently finished a skin graft surgery almost a month ago, and is doing well now, Rayne’s mother, Carrie Larkin, said.

“Originally, the skin grafts didn’t take. What was supposed to be a three-day thing turned into 20 days in the hospital,” she said. “But they’ve taken now and they look great.

“He’s started back to school full time and is doing amazing. Right now, he’s just trying to catch up.”

Rayne’s most recent surgery had grafts placed along the backs of his legs and on his stomach.

Though he continues to heal, Rayne is scheduled for about 15 more relief surgeries in the future to his neck, hands, arms and elbows. Despite his battle, Rayne has returned to his old habits, and is back to riding horses again, according to his mother.

“I’m just so proud of him and how he’s come along,” Larkin said. “I would just like to thank everyone for their prayers.”

Rayne was originally given a 50 percent chance of survival after being placed in a medically-induced coma at Parkland Hospital. His legs and torso received the most severe burns, but everything else, excluding the top of his head, bottom of his feet and an area below his waist, was also burned.

A Facebook page, ‘“Prayers for Rayne Newby,” has allowed the public to show support and also receive updates from the family.

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