Young Oklahoma mother dies after rescuing 2 of her 3 sons from fire

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A woman died from her injuries she suffered while trying to save her sons from their burning apartment this week.

Four-year-old Zeus Moore was eventually rescued by firefighters, but was pronounced dead at the hospital on Monday.

His mother, Donna Burrell, was critically injured while trying to rescue Zeus and her two infant sons. She managed to save the lives of 18-month-old Tee'Shawn Harding and 8-month-old Deon Harding.

Zeus and his 2 younger siblings.
Zeus and his 2 younger siblings.

Burrell fought for life at Integris Baptist Hospital for two days after the fire. According to the family, she died Wednesday night.

Her family remembers her huge smile, her larger-than-life sense humor and her fierce love for her four sons.

"She was a hero. She was more than I hoped for her to be," said Burrell's mother, Katrina Burrell. "I can't express my loss. A mother should never bury her child or her grandchild."

Burrell will be buried with the son she lost. Her family is not surprised she died trying to save him.

"Those two were just alike, her and Zeus. I mean identical -- smiling, joyful, happy," said Burrell's sister, Adrina Wann. "People said they tried to stop her from going back in. That was their biggest mistake."

Burrell ran into the burning apartment to save 4-year-old Zeus. Firefighters got him out but not in time.

When the fire started, Burrell's Donna's fiance, Phillip Harding, was on his way home. Harding is now raising their two sons without their mom.

"She was my world," Harding said of his fiance. "I feel real lucky that she got these two out. I just wish they all could have gotten out."

Donna Burrell and her fiance, Phillip Harding.
Donna Burrell and her fiance, Phillip Harding.

Their apartment and their lives crowded with a large and loving family. They are drawing on strength from each other as they sort through the details about the fire, rescue and their loss.

"There is comfort knowing they are with God," Katrina Burrell said.

Donna Burrell was an organ donor. Her family said she might save six more lives by the donation of her organs.

They are planning a joint memorial service for Zeus and Donna at Greater Deliverance Church of God in Oklahoma City.

To donate to help the Burrell/Harding family, visit their GoFundMe page.

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