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Jerry Miller, 11, of Dundee sits while Dr. Crow (front, right) examines his burns and Jerry's parents, Leah and Dwayne Miller, assist on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron. Eighty-five percent of Jerry's body was burned on June 1 when Jerry lit a fire with kerosene to prepare breakfast with his brothers. His mother heard an explosion and went outside to find Jerry running around with his clothes on fire.
Jerry looks out the window while eating lunch on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron. Jerry has had 23 surgeries since his accident. Dr. Crow originally used cadaver skin and Integra, which allows the body to grow new skin, as a temporary solution before the idea to use his identical twin brother John's skin.
John Miller watches as his twin Jerry, 11, goes through a routine checkup on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron. About 10 days after his admission, discussion about possibly harvesting skin from Jerry's identical twin brother, John, began. The twins were born at home and mom always suspected they were identical, but the genetic test was performed to prove they were officially identical. This news changed everything for Jerry's outcome.
Santa surprises Jerry while he waits in line for a balloon animal with his brother, Lavern Miller, 15, at the annual Aluminum Cans for Burned Children holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Jerry's siblings and the Dundee, Ohio community where he is from have been extremely supportive and are learning ways to help make Jerry's healing easier.
Jerry lays as his right arm is stretched out by Diana Woods, occupational therapist, on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron. Scars don't allow joints to move easily making stretching key to Jerry's healing.
Jerry endures a session of stretching therapy with Diana Woods, occupational therapist, at Akron Children's Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 in Akron. Stretching is a skill family members and friends will learn to help him heal at home.
Therapist Stacy Parman follows Jerry as he rides a therapy bike down the hallway on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron. After being an inpatient for 6-months, Jerry is now an outpatient who visits the hospital weekly to continue therapy.
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