Location: USA

Date Of Injury: Aug 1, 2001

I was burned in a gas explosion on August 14, 2001. My brother, age 11 at the time, and I, age 8, were coming home from school. Usually we waited outside of our home until my oldest sister hot off of her bus. The wait wasn’t that long, maybe five or ten minutes. On this particular day, we had a key, so we went inside. When walking into our home, my brother and I smelled gas, yet at that age didn’t understand what to do. We just proceeded with our regular routine.

Once we flicked on a light switch in the kitchen, the kitchen and living room area blew up which knocked down an wall that would become our exit. Help from our neighbors kept us calm until fire and rescue arrived. Later on, we found out the explosion was caused by a leak.

We were flown by a medical jet to Galveston, Texas and received treatment at Shriner’s Hospital. I suffered second and third degree burns to 80% of my body. Our mother, Katana Campbell, who was at work at the time of the explosion, stood at our bedside for two months making sure that we kept every limb on our body.

My mother prayed and kept strong, running from my brother’s room to my room. For that, I am so thankful. Her daily prayers, as well as prayers from other people and our church, helped us make it through the hard times. We left Shriners with every limb on our body and a joyful and thankful spirit. Thank-you Jesus