A mulch fire burning in Phoenix this past summer ends up being a Godsend to one valley family. A story they saw on FOX 10 led them to a device that has changed their young daughter life.
At 4-years-old, she's a dynamo.
Callie and her sister Olivia are unbridled childhood joy in motion.
For Callie, though, there comes a point where too much of a good thing can be bad. Even dangerous because of a condition she has called Ichthyiosis.
"Your body produces skin faster than you or I, but she sheds her skin much slower and the barriers of her skin don't work normally," said Callie's mother, Donna Ransom.
The real danger is the dense skin keeps her from sweating, so there is no way for her body to cool down and regulate itself. She can overheat easily.
Callie's father, Chuck Ransom, said, "It was a constant battle to keep her cooled down.. keep her inside, which is very hard to keep any energetic 4-year-old to do."
Last summer, something drastically changed the Ransoms' life. Of all things, it was a mulch fire in south Phoenix.
"We had seen the smoke from the mulch fire and wanted to see what was going on and had no idea that story would change our lives," said Donna.
Our story also focused on Phoenix Firefighters who were testing this new device when they fight big fires -- it's called a Cooling Glove.
"We are trying a new method.. cooling from the core out instead of cooling from outside in with air conditioning or cool mist," said Luke Anderson.
The goal: to rehab firefighters who often become overheated as they battle big fires. The cooling glove would hopefully allow them to cool off safely and get back to work quicker.
The company provided eight of the gloves to Phoenix Fire to test last summer.
When the Ransoms expressed an interest, Phoenix Firefighters met with the family at Phoenix Children's hospital last June. Dynavision provided the glove to the family for a 60 day trial with Callie.
Callie was much quieter, perhaps a little anxious that day as Anderson explained step by step how to use the cooling glove.
Basically, the device runs cooled water over the palm of the hand.
"Cool water flows over that and back to our heart and this vacuum allows more blood to flow back into our hand because it's dilating all of those blood vessels," explained Anderson.
It has been a life changer -- after a cooling glove treatment that lasts about 10 minutes.
Now it still takes some planning, but the glove is another tool the Ransoms can use to help Callie lead a more normal life.
The Ransoms say they want to educate more people about Callie's condition. Insurance does not cover the cooling core glove, or a cooling vest. The device costs $900.
As for the Phoenix Fire Department, they continue to test eight of the gloves to see if it should become a permanent part of their firefighting routine.
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