Blood Donations Sought For Teen Burned in Backyard Bonfire
The family of Eryka Underwood is asking for blood donations in preparation for her Monday surgery.
On Tuesday night, 15-year-old Johnson sophomore and star athlete Eryka Underwood incurred third-degree burns to her face, arms, legs and back after a backyard bonfire accident and was airlifted to St. Barnabus Burn Center in Livingston.
She is currently in stable condition but "has a long road ahead," according to family friend Gene Adamusik. Family and friends expect to know more in the coming days.
In preparation for Underwood's skin graft surgery on Monday, her family is seeking AB negative and O negative blood donations. To donate, call the Blood Center of New Jersey at 973-676-4700 ext.127 or 197 and reference "Eryka Underwood." Also, an account for monetary donations to offset the family's medical bills has been established at TD Bank on Raritan Road.
A 16-year-old male whose identity has not been confirmed incurred less severe burns and was taken by ambulance to St. Barnabas. The bonfire accident occurred at 48 Wendell Place and was called in via 911. A landing zone was created at Kumpf Middle School to airlift Underwood to St. Barnabas. Clark detectives and Union County Arson Squad are currently investigating, per protocol. Several juvenile witnesses were interviewed at Clark police headquarters. Clark police and volunteer firefighters were also on the scene.
Clark-Garwood Patch will follow up on this story as more information becomes available.