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Toddler fighting for life after rescued from burning home

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Tia Thompson is keeping the faith; praying that her 2-year-old son John will continue fighting for his life.

"He didn't have a pulse, a heartbeat, or anything when they found him," Thompson said. "They don't know how long he was out in there, but it took them about 30 to 45 minutes to resuscitate him."

Two days ago, little John was rescued from their burning home in the Harrisburg neighborhood. Investigators say another person in the house left the stove on before falling asleep.

"I had heard a loud crash, like if somebody was breaking into someone's house," said Monica Steadman, a neighbor. "I came outside and the fire was going."

Flames immediately engulfed the home. One of the people who escaped quickly grabbed a hose trying to put the fire out. Firefighters pulled the toddler to safety.

Suffering from two-degree burns all over his body and face, Thompson says John is in a coma, and his doctors don't think he'll survive, but she believes her son will beat the odds.

"I've never met anybody who could pass away for 45 minutes or more and then come back," Thompson said.

Right now John is on a respirator, and remains in critical condition. Thompson and her family are asking for prayers, as she hopes for the best.

Donations to help the Thompson and the Cato families, members who lived with Thompson, can be made to any Regions Bank under the Cato Family fund.

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