A little more than a week ago, two brothers sacrificed themselves to save each other.
Stephenville resident Dustin Sparks, 18, remains in the burn unit at Parkland Hospital with his brother, Nathan Isbell, and mother, Jamie Sparks, at his side, according to family member Angela Scott.
Sparks sustained second and third degree burns to more than 30 percent of his body, including his hands, arms, right side of his body, neck and face.
He had skin graft surgery May 1 and is expected to be released from the hospital as soon as doctors believe he can manage the pain without the use of a morphine pump, Scott said.
Isbell also sustained burns to the bottom of his foot, although they are not as severe, she added.
The incident that led to the brothers' injuries occurred around midnight on April 30, when Sparks was reportedly cooking french fries in the kitchen of his family's Elm Street home.
"He put the grease on the stove to heat up and left the room," she said. "When he came back, the kitchen was on fire."
Sparks, whose family lost everything in a previous fire, attempted to extinguish the flames.
"They lived in the Landmark Apartments when they caught fire," she said. "This time, all he could think about was putting the fire out and saving their home before everything was lost."
Meanwhile, Isbell was sleeping in another room when he woke up to Sparks' screams and ran through hot grease to extinguish the flames.
"Please pray for Dustin," Isbell posted on Facebook about two hours after Sparks had arrived at Parkland Hospital where he was taken by medical helicopter. "He saved our house and my life but got burned pretty bad."
As the brothers continue to recover, Scott said the family is in need of assistance.
"They are in need of help with medical bills and home repairs," she said.
To help in the recovery process, the Dustin Sparks benefit account has been established at Town and County Bank.
"All processed will go directly to Dustin and his family," Scott said, adding she and other family members have been making repairs to the home, including replacing carpet, curtains, sheetrock and damaged furnishings.
For more information, contact Scott at 396-5593.