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Toddlers recovering after being injured by falling tree

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Za'Nya McWillie - photo provide by family Za'Nya McWillie - photo provide by family
EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

There's a glimmer of good news for an East Hartford family Wednesday after a massive tree came crashing down on two toddlers during a storm Tuesday night.

One of those children is out of the hospital Wednesday, but both have long roads to recovery ahead of them.

The toddlers were sitting with family on the porch at their Whiting Road home when the large tree crashed down in the front yard.

"We couldn't get out of the front door," Tydeah Walton said. "We went out the back door, and my cousin Alliah was crying for her baby."

The family said  1 1/2-year-old Za'Nya McWillie, and 3-year-old Gyrel Sinclair were riding their tricycles when it all happened.

Family members say it all happened so fast.

"I (saw) the tree just came up and landed on the porch," Debbie Robinson said. "My baby granddaughter got caught underneath the tree, and she's in the hospital."

The toddlers were rushed to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. According to family, both of them suffered serious injuries. 

"She's home. She has problems with her eye. She's very badly bruised," Robinson said about Za'Nya.

Robinson explains her grandson has a cracked skull and brain injury, and will likely need surgery.

"My other grandchild, who is fighting for his life, it's kinda hard," Robinson said about Gyrel.

The tree from a neighbor's yard that crashed down was removed Wednesday at the neighbor's expense.

Robinson said she is already worrying that this freak accident will devastate her financially as well.

"We can use all the help we can get," Robinson said. "Because the bills are going soon and I live paycheck-to-paycheck, so it's hard."

When Robinson talks about costs, the medical bills are already mounting. For an example, the hospital has been doing MRIs and cat scans for Gyrel every three to four hours.

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