Kenny Michell, badly burned in January Babine Forest Products fire, still in hospital but making good progress

BURNS LAKE, British Columbia , March 28, 2012 () – Theresa Michell said to Lakes District News that she is thankful her husband Kenny Michell is alive and well.

Kenny, 54, who was badly injured in the Babine Forest Products explosion and fire approximately two months ago, was airlifted to a specialized burn unit at Vancouver General Hospital in critical condition, however Theresa said he is now starting to make some progress in his recovery.

She said to Lakes District News that Kenny is up on his feet using a walker with the help of doctors, for the first time since the accident.

"Kenny cannot walk on his own yet and is hardly moving his arms as he got skin grafts on both arms and his back," she said.

Kenny, 54, suffered severe burns to his head, neck, back and arms in the Jan. 20, 2012 disaster.

He is the only patient still hospitalized, of the 19 injured Babine Forest Products workers.

Theresa also expressed her gratitude to the Lakes District Hospital and all the volunteers that helped out on the night of the tragedy.

"We also appreciate all the prayers and love that everyone has been sending us during Kenny's healing journey and we hope to be back home soon," she said.

As reported in the Lakes District News edition of Feb. 29, 2012, sawmill worker Derek MacDonald returned home from the Vancouver General Hospital late last month. John Bertacco, Lake Babine Nation councillor said to Lakes District News that while MacDonald is back home in Burns Lake, he is still receiving treatment for his extensive burns.

In the Feb. 29, 2012 edition it was incorrectly reported that Kenny Michell was receiving treatment in the University Hospital of Alberta, it should have been reported that he is receiving treatment at the Vancouver General Hospital.

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