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Students hold rally for severely burned 9th grader

Students hold a rally and a prayer vigil for burned ninth grader. (WPEC) 

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (WPEC) - A local teen continues to fight for her life after she was badly burned at a bonfire on New Year's Eve.

On Wednesday morning, friends of Layne Chesney are encouraging students at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce to meet before class to send prayers and well wishes to Layne.

That’s where the avid softball player is a ninth grader.

An update was posted to a Facebook page dedicated to Layne’s recovery on Tuesday night.

It said: “Layne has had a rough day. Her heart rate and blood pressure went up because of an infection. She's had a fever and the doctors are giving her antibiotics while they run tests to see what is causing the infection. Infections are common part of this especially due to the severity of her burns. Her next surgery is scheduled for Friday. Please continue to pray for Layne.?Thank you and God Bless!”

Layne’s mother said the teen was enjoying a bonfire at a friend's house in Fort Pierce on New Year's Eve when a gas can exploded. She was immediately engulfed in flames, suffering burns to 95 percent of her body.

Leigh Chesney said the only part of her daughter’s body not burned were the bottom of her feet.

Layne has already undergone several surgeries and continues to fight for her life at Kendall Medical Center in Miami.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the teen's medical bills and family support.

The rally for Layne is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 a.m.

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