A Fox affiliate in Houston, Texas, recently interviewed Justina Page, a burn survivor who lost her 22-month-old son in a house fire that kept her in a medically induced coma for six weeks. As the executive director of the House of Amos, Page now offers support to families affected by burn trauma. She's also one of NFPA's Faces of Fire, a campaign aimed at promoting the use of automatic sprinklers in one- and two-family dwellings.
"As I look at my children playing, I think of my son, Amos, that I lost," she tells the Fox affiliate. "What would he look like? Would he be like his twin brother? How I long to hold him." Benjamin, Amos' twin brother, suffers from permanent mental and speech impairments due to a lack of oxygen the day of the fire.
Page has slowly bounced back from her tragedy, but she's hoping her experience will serve as a lesson for others. "Do what you know to do--like change the batteries in smoke detectors--and be proactive, not reactive," she tells NFPA. "Sprinklers would have made a difference, and that's why we're looking to get them installed."