A young girl is not letting third-degree burns from a bizarre hand sanitizer fire at Doernbecher Children's Hospital keep her down.
Ireland Lane, 12, went to the hospital last month after hitting her head at school. On the day she was supposed to go home, a mixture of olive oil, hand sanitizer and static electricity sparked a fire and burned her from her stomach to her chin.
Ireland didn't question why it happened to her. Instead, the cancer survivor said all of her experience with doctors and hospitals prepared her to deal with it.
Ireland has been through three rounds of chemotherapy for kidney cancer and dozens of surgeries.
"If you just breathe and think of happy things when you first get there, it will work out fine," she said.
Ireland was in a bed making gifts for her nurses at Doernbecher when the front of her shirt caught fire. Ireland's dad had rubbed oil in her hair to remove glue from test equipment, she had used hand sanitizer and then the spark that came from static electricity in her bedding ignited the fire.
"I felt really scared and ran out in the hallway and all the nurses jumped on top of me and then daddy ran out and jumped on top of me," she said.
Since that day, Ireland has had two successful skin grafts with skin from her head and leg. Her father, Steve Lane, said he's been impressed by his daughter's positive attitude through it all.
"I've always told them what I was told and that's God only gives you what you can handle," he said. "And he must think she can handle a lot."
Ireland is already talking about going back to school, as well as plenty of things in her future. She wants to go to the prom and wear high heels and one day work as a chef.
"I love cooking," she said.
Ireland said she received cards and gifts from people around the world and wanted to thank everyone for their support.
If all goes well, she'll be going home the first week of April.
After investigators confirmed the cause of the fire, Oregon Health & Science University announced it was changing policy and olive oil would not longer be used to remove glue on patients left behind by electronic sensors.
However, the hospital is going to continue using the hand sanitizer, with administrators saying they are confident it's a product that keeps people safe.
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