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COVINGTON, La. -- Some encouraging news for two little girls severely burned in a house fire in Covington, according to the girl's mother. Jessica Chatman said her girls -- Sa'mia Chatman, 6, and Joshiri Chatman, 4 are doing better than doctors initially expected.

The girls suffered severe burns to more than half of their bodies after being trapped in the house fire on West Edwards Street around 1 a.m. The girls were pulled from the burning house by Covington firefighters.

Sa'mia suffered burns to more than 70 percent of her body and Joshiri suffered burns to more than 50 percent of her body.

Chatman said the girls are breathing on their own, off ventilators, which is encouraging. The girls were transported to the burn unit at Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas.

The girls underwent a skin-graft surgery Thursday, and they face a second surgery, also a skin-graft surgery, Friday morning, according to Chatman. She said doctors are worried potential injury to their eyes.

The two other children, 6-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Rodney, escaped any harm because of a neighbor who went into the smoke and flames to pull them out.

There is a fund set up at area Capitol One banks in the girl's names to help out with medical expenses

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