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Contributions sought for fire victim

Angela Cox, who was rescued earlier this month from a burning Lexington home, remained in critical condition in a medically induced coma on Monday.

Beth Degler, a friend, said Cox, who worked for former Gov. Ernie Fletcher during his term in office, has had two skin graft operations and could have a third on Tuesday at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

On the morning of Jan. 17, Cox was pulled from her home at 3497 Boston Road by a couple and their boys who were driving by. She suffered extensive burns.

Cox was Fletcher's director of scheduling. She most recently was the executive assistant to the chief operating officer of Forcht Bank, but lost her job in November, Degler said.

She had been receiving unemployment checks, but those will stop now that she is in a coma and can't seek work, Degler said.

Kim Brannock, a spokeswoman for the Office of Employment and Training, said someone must be physically and mentally prepared to work in order receive unemployment benefits.

Cox has not had medical insurance since she lost her job. She retains the option of paying into a Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, or COBRA, continuation health care policy.

A fund was set up at a bank in Cox's native Knott County to collect contributions COBRA insurance, Degler said.