Burn survivor talks about night family was attacked
Charlotte grease attack survivor speaks (Added: June 26, 2012)
One of the survivors from the Charlotte grease attack two weeks ago talks with NBC 17 from her hospital room. (more)
A family of seven was scalded by hot grease in an attack on Father’s Day, and one of the survivors described the attack from her hospital room at the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.
Macy McLean has third-degree burns over 20 percent of her body and has already had more than two hours of skin graft surgery. Yet, she’s kept her faith and forgiven the person who attacked her family.
She gently spoke to her granddaughter during an interview, saying, “Hey baby, yes, you want to show em what happened?”
Aaliyah, 3, and her grandmother showed where hot oil landed on their skin, after a brutal attack by their neighbor.
“I got burned on the lips just like you got burned right there,” said McLean.
Her arm is wrapped after the first of what could be several skin graft surgeries.
“From this side of my face down to my neck and then all the way down my front torso to about right here, and it’s completely burned. I mean I have no skin,” said McLean.
Dr. Sam Jones, the Assistant Medical Director at the Jaycee Burn Center, operated on McLean and has worked with the family since he took the call about their emergency.
“She’s going through a lot of therapy with the occupational therapist, physical therapist. She’s had one operation on her right arm and right hand and she’s going to need probably at least two more surgeries,” said Jones.
McLean vividly remembers how she and six family members were hit with boiling oil on her daughter’s porch in Charlotte.
She says her daughter-in-law and a neighbor were arguing.
“I was talking to the lady, you know, ‘Why can’t we talk about this like adults,'” said McLean.
She said she tried to calm them down.
“Not even two seconds later she comes back out and just douses us with this oil,” said McLean.
She thought it was hot water at first.
“My grandson was in the kitchen screaming and hollering, ‘Grandma it’s burning,’ and he was just jumping up and down.”
She heard her daughter in law screaming, too. “It’s burning! Oh my God, oh my God my skin is peeling!”
Their neighbor, Regina Terry, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and malicious maiming.
“I think she should be punished for it,” said McLean.
Macy is on a difficult road to recovery, as two nurses help her walk.
“It’s still not easy,” she said.
And it’s not easy, to explain it to her family.
Her granddaughter asked her, “Why is it peeling?,” and McLean answered, “Because it’s healing.”
“I’m hoping that it has strengthened their faith for one. I’m hoping that it also teaches them a little more forgiveness,” said McLean.
Three of Macy’s grandchildren will also need surgery this week, and the youngest is only one and a half years old.
The family does not have health insurance, so they say they’re not sure how they’re going to pay for all of this.