Harriman campfire accident victim critical

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One of two Monroe-Woodbury High School students who were severely burned in a campfire accident over the weekend remains in critical condition.

"Somebody decided to pour gasoline onto the fire, and the gasoline exploded and caught my daughter on fire," says Michele Young, the mother of 15-year-old Julia Young, who is fighting for her life at the Westchester Medical Center.

With 80 percent of Young's body burned, her parents say recovery will be a lengthy process. The high school freshman who suffered third-degree burns during a campfire in Harriman underwent two surgeries Monday. Two dozen more operations are likely to follow.

"Right now I feel very much like a mother in so much pain, and it's something for me to hold on to," Michele Young says.

The victim's parents wonder how they will manage to pay for their daughter's surgeries since the family lost its insurance last October.

"The only thing I care about is my daughter living," says Michele Young. "I don't care about bills and money."

The second girl burned in the accident is still recovering in the burn unit at the Westchester Medical Center. She is expected to recover.

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