Mom, 3-year-old daughter rescued from burning SLC home still hospitalized

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 00:50:23-05

SALT LAKE CITY - Three weeks after being pulled from a burning home, family of a 3-year-old girl say she's off life support and breathing on her own for the first time. The same can not be said for her mother, Angelina Adidou.

“The doctors were saying that it wasn’t looking good for her at all,” said Claudia Reyes, Adidou's cousin.

Adidou and her daughter were placed in the burn center at an area hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation injuries. At first, the daughter looked to be in dire straits, while the mother appeared to be recovering well, but it appears their conditions have reversed.

The 3-year-old, also named Angelina, was pulled from the burning home on Dec. 22 by an officer who beat firefighters to the scene.

“They were marching into that fire, but I’ve had a 3-year-old and somewhere in there is that little kid waiting for someone to save them. So, I just stuck my head in the window and there she was,” said Lt. Craig Gleason with Salt Lake City Police.

Gleason helped firefighters pull the girl to safety and then performed CPR to revive her.

“She drew a breath, and everyone cried,” Gleason added.

A grateful Reyes said she hadn't had the opportunity to thank Gleason yet, but hopes to soon.

"He doesn't know what he means to this family," Reyes said of Gleason.

Though the family has received so much help already, they are far from in the clear. As the mother and father remain out of work and recovering, the family has posted a Go Fund Me page in hopes that they can get funding to pay for medical expenses.