An Australian dad, who heroically ran through a fire to rescue his sons, has spoken about his heart-break losing one of the boys to his injuries.
Nathan Perry, 34, woke up in the middle of the night and realised that his house was on fire. His room was filled with smoke and he saw that the fire was coming from his sons' room. He ran through the blaze at his home in Weranga, Queensland to save his two sons, four-year old Blade and three-year old Jeremy.
"I knew it was a fire straight away... I guess I made a mistake by opening the door and letting the air in and that's when it went berserk," he told 9News. "I had to run through the flames and drag the children out. I did what I could."
Fighting off the fire, he managed to get both the toddlers out of the house, but not before suffering severe burns to his body, face and hands.
But it was much worse for the two toddlers. They both suffered horrific third degree burns and were put on life support and put in induced comas to help with the pain in the closest hospital. The burns covered 90 percent of their body.
Tragically, the parents made the difficult decision to turn of three-year old Blade's life support.
"I feel like I failed with Blade because he didn't make it. It was the scariest thing I have ever seen in my life. I don't even want to think about it. It's going to haunt me forever," said Nathan, who still faces hospital treatment for his burns.
Blade's brother Jeremy remains in an induced coma at Lady Cilentro hospital, and they are hopeful that he is going to pull through. It is likely that Jeremy will spend the next six months in hospital.
The boys' mother Tamika Frid was staying in nearby town Dalby and drove through the night to be by her sons' side in the hospital. "It was the worst day of my life," she said. "Everything was just a dream ... can we just wake up and everything will just be better again?
"Always tell you kids you love them and give them as many hugs as you can because you don't know what will happen the next day."
Words Laura Hamilton
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