Post courtesy of FOX
Location: Greenville, SC
Date Of Injury: 2014
Fourteen-year-old Logan Waggoner has learned some big life lessons, but at a high cost.
Two years ago he threw an aerosol paint can into a backyard fire. Waggoner poked the can with a rake and it exploded onto him.
“One second I’m out having fun, and the next second, I’m in a hospital bed,” Waggoner said.
Waggoner was severely burned and admitted to Augusta Burn Center. Now he wants others to beware of the dangers of fire.
“Stay away from fire, period. If you’re not, I’d say at least 18, don’t mess with it,” Waggoner said. “Nothing good will come of it.”
Waggoner went through surgery and his mother, Lisa Meldin, said her son’s skin was replaced with donor skin on his face, arms and hands.
“He went into surgery and it was three hours, where they scraped the skin,” Lisa Meldin said. “Waiting those three hours was the worst.”
The family said they are extremely grateful someone donated their body to medicine because it made a huge difference for Logan’s recovery.
“There are so many people that benefit from organ donation, and it helped me tremendously,” Waggoner said.
Through the experience Logan wants to make his voice heard to other burn victims.
“I want everyone to know it’s not the end of the world. You’re going to heal,” Waggoner said. “When you do, you’re going to feel really good about yourself.”