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FORT WORTH / DALLAS  (CBSDFW.COM)  - Nearly two months after suffering fourth-degree burns over 80% of his body, a Burleson teenager remains at Parkland Hospital where family members said he could remain for another year.

The day before Thanksgiving, 13-year-old Cameron Russell and three other teenagers were playing with a fire in the backyard of a home in Burleson when Russell poured gasoline on the fire.

All four teenagers were injured. Russell was burned the worst.

His family said the sixth grader undergoes five hours of skin graft treatment every day at Parkland Hospital.

His aunt, Donna Russell, also told CBS11 News doctors have told the family he likely has brain damage.

“We just have to believe that everything is going to be okay,” she said.

Sunday night family and friends held a fundraiser at The Rig Steakhouse in Fort Worth. The money raised will go towards the mounting medical bills.

Cameron’s father, Donnie Russell, is truck driver and a single dad with three other kid, including an 18-year-old who was also injured in the fire.

“We are hoping and praying,” said Donna Russell. “There are always miracles. He’s in God’s hands.”

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