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Smith family responds to community’s generosity

By Beth Sergent bsergent@civitasmedia.com

February 7, 2014

CINCINNATI — While Tre Smith, the young man who was injured in a house fire last month, receives treatment at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, about 150 miles north along the Ohio River, his family and friends in Mason and Gallia counties continue to pray for his recovery.


Tre, along with his siblings, Braxton Smith and Tiffany Grant, were critically injured in the fire. Unfortunately, Braxton and Tiffany succumbed to their injuries. To many in the community, Tre’s survival represents hope and a miracle.


On Thursday, Tre’s father, Bill Smith, talked with the Point Pleasant Register about his son’s long road to recovery and the outpouring of support his family has received since the fire.


“We want to thank everyone for their prayers, especially for Tre, and continue to covet them as he has several months of surgery, recovery and rehab before he can return home,” Bill said. “We also want to thank everyone for their love, emotional support and gifts. We are to capacity with physical items at this time and are grateful to all who have donated items. We are very proud of our town, our community and the entire Tri-State area. God bless and once again, thank you.”


Bill made the statement on behalf of himself, his wife LaTanya, and Tre, as well as children Tyler and A.J., and the entire Smith family.


Bill also provided an update on Tre’s progress. On Tuesday, Tre made it through a grafting surgery with the doctor sounding positive about his progress.


Obviously, the extent of Tre’s injuries were very severe and the following may be graphic for some readers. Bill said on Thursday, his son had surgery again, this time to clean his face and hands, and to amputate the tips of his fingers that were burned to the bone to prevent gangrene. Bill said Tre also made it through the removal of donor skin on his face and hands Thursday morning. On Friday, doctors will get the first harvest of his own skin and graft his face, then his hands.


Again, Tre has a long road of recovery in front of him, but for those who wish to send the 14-year-old a note or card of support as he goes through that recovery process, send them to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, C/O William Smith, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.


A major benefit and concert is also being held for the Smith Family from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School.