15-Year-Old Who Saved Parents From Awful Fire Is Fighting for His Own Life

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fire truckA 15-year-old in Stockbridge, Georgia deserves a medal for the type of bravery he exuded on Sunday morning. As a fire consumed the home he lived in with his parents and 25-year-old sister, Michael Haney did his best to get his loved ones out. When he exited the house, it sounds like he realized his parents and sister were still inside, and he ran back in to try and save them.

As a neighbor described:

If it weren’t for Michael, they’d [the parents] be dead. He’s the one that ran upstairs, woke them up, and told them the house was on fire. He took them out and went back for his sister.

The fire allegedly started in the basement, where Michael's room was, so it's plausible he was aware of the situation before anyone else in the home.

Can you imagine the courage it must take to run into a burning house and save your family? It wasn't without risk, either. Michael was airlifted to an Augusta hospital and is now in critical condition; he's being treated for severe smoke inhalation in a hyperbaric chamber.

His sister, Karen, isn't as fortunate. She died at the hospital and an autopsy will discover the cause of death. Evidently, Karen was mentally and physically disabled and fought Michael as he tried to get her out.

Michael's being called a hero, as well he should be. His instinct to put his life in danger in order to save others is a testament to his character and his upbringing. The neighbors explain that they tried to help but it was too smoky -- that didn't stop the determined teen.

His parents are with him in Augusta and everyone's praying for a full recovery as he fights for his life. It sounds like, more than anyone, Michael deserves a second chance.

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crzyc... crzycatlove

The burn unit in Augusta is an amazing place with an amazing staff. They saved my life after I was in a fire even though my chances of survival were low. Glad he's in a good place. They will definitely take good care of him. He sounds like an amazing kid. Hope he recovers completely. I wish his sister could have been saved in time too. I can't imagine what that family is going through. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Blues... Blueshark77

Brave, brave guy. I hope he makes a full recovery and the parents don't lose another one of their children.

Ambya... Ambyandchris

This is so touching. They must've been some amazing parents to raise a strong loving child like that. I pray that he wins his fight. He deserves to live.

nonmember avatar Brandy Doggett

My prayers and blessings are with this family. Such a brave young man. Hope he makes a full recovery. He is a hero.

nonmember avatar Brandy Doggett

My prayers and blessings are with this family. Such a brave young man. Hope he makes a full recovery. He is a hero.

hopea... hopealways4019

Bring tears to my eye. I hope he survives, I usually don't pray, but I sending a truckload of prayers over to him. Brave young man.

devsm... devsmom98

Such a brave young man..praying for his full recovery..thoughts and prayers also with the family over the loss of the sister..

120177 120177

 My thoughts and prayers are with the family. You are a brave man to save your family. You are a hero!!feel better

rccol... rccola1945

  That young man is, just amazing. Jesus, please watch over this young man, & his family. They sound like, very good people, & need to be together, at this point in time.angel mini

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