Day Care Fire Survivor Out of Surgery

Fire inside a Hermosillo day care killed more than 40 children Friday

He has burns over almost half of his little body. Even so, a 3-year old boy from Hermosillo, Mexico is one of the lucky ones.

The toddler, who suffered the burns during a deadly fire inside a Mexican day care, is recovering from  surgery in a Sacramento hospital.

The boy underwent 4 hours of surgery and is doing well, according to the chief of burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California , Dr. David Greenhalgh. 

Doctors had hoped to treat 35 to 40 percent of the boy's body during the operation.

Two other victims from the fire, a 2-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, are also at Shriners for treatment.

The girl suffered burns over more than 80 percent of her body remained in critical condition. The 2-year-old boy suffered burns on 20 percent of his body. He was in serious condition Sunday night. Doctors say the girl’s injuries could take months of treatment.

“It is horrible but these children can survive and not only survive they can survive and be functional. That is my job to help them survive and become adults and functioning people,” Shriners Children's Hospital spokesperson Tina Palmieri said.

The Consul General for Mexico based in Sacramento says the girl’s hospital bill will be taken care of and her parents will stay nearby.

Sunday was a day of "profound sadness" in Mexico as funeral processions filled the streets of Hermosillo Sunday and grieving parents buried their children.

The fire initially spread from an adjoining tire and car warehouse to the roof of the ABC day care and sent flames raining down. The fire killed 42 children. Thirty-three other victims remain hospitalized, including 13 who are in critical condition. One of them is brain dead. Fire officials still don't know how it started.

President Felipe Calderon promised families full government support and a thorough investigation into the fire's cause.

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