FOX 8, Indians Surprise Young Burn Victim

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By Fox 8 News Reporter Autumn Ziemba

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CLEVELAND -- He was badly burned in a house fire, but a Cleveland toddler got his wish granted, with a little help from Fox 8 and the Cleveland Indians.

"It's been really hard and tiring and difficult, but he's gotten through the worst of it," Ashley Balogh said about her son’s month-long battle.

Two-year-old Cordell Blair was burned over 20-percent of his body when a fire broke out in his Wainestead Avenue home in Cleveland three weeks ago.

Firefighters had to pull the little boy out of side bedroom window, sadly, not before flames got to him.

"They said when they had him at the hospital, he looked like a piece of charcoal because he has climbed through all of that charred stuff to get to the bedroom and shut the door," explained Mark Balogh, the child’s grandfather.

"He had third-degree burns on his whole back, was covered in burns and his arms. He had second-degree burns on his face," Ashley says.

Three weeks and three surgeries later, a friend of the Blair family contacted Fox 8 and told us of Cordell's love of baseball. Fox 8 contacted the Cleveland Indians, who generously donated an autographed Carlos Santana bat and Lou Marson ball.

"Children need to love, laugh and play, and if this small gesture from the Cleveland Indians organization can do that for him, we're happy to do so," says Indians communications coordinator, Danielle Cherry.

"It's great just to know that people are out here trying to help, and he's gonna love playing with that when he gets a little better because he loves baseball, he likes to play, so I think he'll enjoy it a lot," Ashley said.

Cordell is still bandaged and will have a long road ahead of him, but thanks to a wish come true, he gets to smile again.

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