Ericca Hammond, the mother of 17-year-old Madison Lewis, announced her daughter’s death Saturday night, two weeks after the teen was severely burned when a boy threw a gasoline-filled pan onto a fire, Fox 4 reported.
Lewis, a senior at Jacksboro High School, was with her friends around a burn barrel when another teen threw the pan with gasoline on it inside.
The mother said she initially thought someone had thrown a cup, but then the barrel “exploded and just went in her [daughter’s] direction.”
Lewis remained unresponsive following the incident and needed at least four surgeries before she was placed in a medically induced coma at a Dallas hospital.
“There’s nothing in the world more that I want and need than for my baby girl to be okay and to live a life,” Hammond told reporters at the hospital.
Lewis, described by her mother as a “warrior” and a “fighter,” was set to graduate from school in May and head off to college in August 2024.
“Maddy’s journey was marked by an unwavering spirit, resilience, and a courage that inspired all who knew her,” an online obituary reads.
“Despite facing formidable challenges, she confronted each obstacle with a determination that left a lasting impact on everyone touched by her grace. Her precious body, tired from the arduous battle, found solace as the good Lord called her home.”