Ray Lewis, 23, from Eastpointe, Michigan ran into a burning building, to save his twin babies. The amazing father suffered severe burns on his arms and face, but his mother and daughters were able to make it out alive.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Ray Lewis and his family who lost everything. The fire was caused by the electrical in the house and was started in the basement, where the twins were located. The family says that the house had some flooding the day before. They believe that led to the electrical fire.
Twins Malaysia and Milan, both 18 months old, were trapped in the basement while their grandmother and cousin had safely made it outside. Ray Lewis and the twins’ mom, Shi’Ann Brown, came home from the corner store to find their babies’ lives in danger. It had only been about 15 minutes since they left the twins to do errands, but in that time their whole lives had changed. Despite the blaze, Lewis barely hesitated before running into the house to try and save his twins.
“The house was engulfed in smoke. I saw my mom and my niece were standing at the door and they were frantic. I just knew I had to get my babies out. That’s what went through my mind. … You really couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. I really only found my babies due to my memory, just knowing where they were and knowing how to get to them.”
The twins and their father were able to make it out of the blazing house, but not without some injuries. Both little girls had to spend some time in the ICU. Malaysia suffered some severe burns while her sister, Milan, had to be treated for smoke inhalation and second-degree burns. They are thankfully out of the hospital and with their mother and father.
Lewis wasn’t so lucky with his injuries. He suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his face and arms and was temporarily blind for three days. His doctors said that it’s a miracle that he can see. Because of his injuries, Lewis can’t work and is worried about how he will support his family. Many of their possessions are gone and they also have to deal with the added stress of growing medical bills.
Their GoFundMe page, which had a goal of $40,000, has since reached over $141,000 dollars. Nearly 4,000 people from around the world have donated to help this family and it has been shared about 2.4 thousand times.
Despite the injuries that he suffered, Lewis is glad that everyone in his family is still here. The GoFundMe page that the family started will be able to help him and his family get back on their feet.