Being a single mom comes with many challenges, but there is nothing a mom wouldn’t do for her children. One mother from Michigan proved this when she rushed into her burning home to save her four children. After running back and forth through the raging flames, she brought all her children to safety.
The woman named Mikala Vish repeatedly ran through the fire to ensure her kids made it out alive. The children were 12, 6, 4, and 9 months old when the fire broke out in the early morning of October 26. When the fire began spreading, everyone in the house was sound asleep. At 1 am, Mikala smelled the smoke and jumped into action.
By the time first responders arrived, the smoke had already begun seeping through the upstairs windows. Firefighters had their hands full, trying to put out the flames.
“When we first arrived on scene, we found a large structure on fire on the second floor,” Captain Scott Basar of the Chelsea Fire Department explained during a press conference, Click On Detroit reported. “A crew that arrived just before us was already battling the fire.”
Single Mom Rushes into Burning Home to Rescue Children
Meanwhile, Mikala ran alone through the inferno to save her children. First responders and neighbors witnessed the single mom repeatedly charging through the flames to find them.
Lt. Derek Klink, who also responded to the fire, called it “the most heroic thing I’ve ever seen.”
As firefighters usually do all the rescuing, they were in awe of Mikala’s unflinching courage. She would stop at nothing to ensure her children’s safety, proving that a mother’s love knows no bounds.
Klink added, “Sometimes, people call us heroes. And in this instance, in no way were we the hero. Mikala deserves all the credit.”
She showed incredible bravery during the harrowing ordeal, but unfortunately, the fire showed no mercy. First responders rushed Mikala to a nearby hospital, where she got treated for severe burns over 60% of her body. Her 6-year-old son also sustained burns, though not as bad as his mother’s.
As news of the heroic yet tragic story spread throughout the town, it caught the attention of Klink’s wife, Brynna. The single mom’s bravery moved Brynna so much that she launched a GoFundMe campaign to offer support. On the page, she revealed that the fire impacted her husband more than usual since they had children of similar age as Mikala’s.
She also said: “The mother, Mikala, has 2nd and 3rd-degree burns on over 60% of her body, and her 6-year-old son also suffered burns on his hands, feet, and back. I have never met the family, but after receiving approval from Mikala’s mother, Susan, we knew we wanted to help in any way possible. We are teaming up with Chelsea Area Fire Authority Local 1889 to support them as much as we can.”
So Far, Thousands Have Donated to Help The Mom Recover
As of December 8, over 4,000 people have donated nearly $280,000 toward the campaign. The funds will help support the single mom and her children on their road to recovery.
Brynna added: “Mikala has a long stay in the hospital ahead of her, but the donations will also go towards helping her start over once she is released. Funds will be given directly to Mikala’s mother, Susan Sutton, to help with anything the children may need during this time, and then will be transferred to Mikala once she is released from the hospital.”
Sutton told Fox 2 Detroit that her daughter’s response didn’t come as a surprise. She described Mikala as a “spitfire” with a driven personality and a devoted mother. According to Susan, Mikala endured the roaring flames until she located her 6-year-old son, Torin.
When Mikala arrived at the hospital, doctors immediately intubated her and treated the wounds. Both she and her son had to undergo multiple skin graft surgeries. However, they’re recovering nicely, according to an update from Brynna.
As of November 12, the single mom and her son Torin had shown incredible progress. Both had undergone several skin graft surgeries with successful results. Torin had been transferred to a pediatric rehab unit, where he completed several hours of physical and occupational therapy each day. He took 50 steps that week and couldn’t wait to recover enough to return home.