BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A little boy is fighting to recover after a fire exploded, burning almost his entire body. He’s suffering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns at Children’s Hospital.
Doctors said if the family hadn’t reacted quickly, the burns could have been even worse, which is hard to imagine when you see the extent of his injuries.
“After he had his surgery yesterday, he said he didn’t want to look at himself and he didn’t want anyone else to see him because he said he thinks he looks like a monster,” said Zackary Hoggle’s mom, Ashley.
It’s hard to imagine a monster when looking at 8-year-old Zackary. Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, the family was burning trash in their yard when the fire blew up in Zackary’s face.
“As soon as it happened and we turned around and saw him on fire, me and my 12-year-old son and my boyfriend ran and grabbed him, ran him to the bathroom, cut the shower on cold water and just started putting him out,” said Hoggle.
The family was not prepared for what happened next.
“The swelling set in and I walked in and saw him. I was just like, ‘oh my God, oh my God, my baby,'” said Hoggle.
Zackary’s face and entire body were unrecognizable. Hoggle said her son was emotionally broken after seeing himself for the first time after the fire.
“He didn’t know how to react. He thought he was ugly,” said Hoggle.
He is bandaged from head to toe.
“The left side is having a hard time healing, so I’m hoping that with the surgery he had, this will help him. It’s just hard,” said Hoggle.
Not only is the situation emotionally hard, but financially as well. Ashley, who is disabled, has no car and is also supporting other two children. Her oldest is turning 12 on December 4.
“I told him even if we had to make a cake and bring it here, we will have his birthday someway, somehow,” said Hoggle.
In addition to the skin graft surgery, Zackary will also have to undergo extensive plastic surgery and will most likely spend the holidays confined to his hospital bed.
“If I could go back and change it, I would. If I could lay in the bed at night and take his pain away, I would,” said Hoggle.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account and is asking for any kind of donations to help offset some of the medical costs.
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