Reese survived the fire, but her injuries posed new challenges. That visit with Pantene was a pivotal moment in Reese’s recovery, says her mother, Claire Burdette.
“When we started talking about the possibility that Reese could see her cow again, that was all she needed,” Claire says. “We told Reese, ‘Pantene won’t be used to seeing you sitting down. She’s used to seeing you standing next to her’ and that was all it took,” Claire says. “There is nothing like the love of an animal and the bond that you create. We saw that with Reese. Her cow, Pantene, gave her the drive and determination to get better.”
On that summer day in 2015, with the help of other dairy farmers and family members, Reese’s dad Justin brought Pantene to Baltimore. The hospital team planned a private event, where Reese could spend time with her cow under a tent on the hospital grounds.