Phoenix – Rising from the
By Kim Hensarling
At 5 weeks of age Phoenix was taken by two teenage
boys and doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire.
While she was on fire they proceeded to kick her in
the air and spray her with “Off” to make
the flames bigger. Luckily, two teenage girls caught
them doing this and rescued Phoenix and called the police.
A Department of Public Safety Trooper, Trooper Phillips,
brought Phoenix to TAMU. Upon arrival she was singed
all over, with most of the bad burns in her abdominal
area. The following day, her story aired on the local
T.V. station. My heart broke when I saw her sweet face.
That morning I contacted the clinician that was taking
care of her and told her that I wanted to adopt Phoenix.
During her stay at the hospital her burns continued
to damage the tissue in her abdomen. Finally, it was
decided that she would need surgery as the burns had
gone full thickness in her abdomen and her left hind
leg. Dr. Hogansen, a plastic surgeon from Scott &
White, offered his services and performed the surgery
on Phoenix. At the age of 6-7 weeks Phoenix had surgery
to remove the burned tissue on her abdomen and leg.
The surgery was a success and her wounds healed. She
will have a lifetime of problems from the burns to her
abdomen and leg that will require medication. However,
as of today Phoenix is doing great and is very, very,