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Zaid Garcia was 2-years-old when he got severely injured in a house fire, and the injuries that he sustained were so severe that the doctors believed he wouldn’t survive.
Now, Zaid is 16-years-old, and he is considered by the doctors as a “walking miracle”.
The schoolboy survived 80% burns to his body when he was 2-years-old and had his hands and toes removed.
His eyes were so damaged that doctors decided to cover his eyes, which left the youngster blind.
Zaid is now on a mission to get his back so he can see his female best friend for the first time.
Zaid launched a fundraising campaign on Facebook so he could live in his dream, but instead of helping him out, Facebook decided to cover his images with a “graphic image warning.”
Zaid says he went through many operations that he can’t even count the number of surgeries.
Zaid has a hard time in walking because he only has one toe on his right foot, and can’t walk on his feet. He is also blind.
In order to raise money for his surgery, the Special Books for Special Kids, a non-profit organization, set up a GoFundMe page, which currently has over $290,000.
Zaid, who lives in Galveston, Texas, said he wants to inspire people and show the world that miracles do exist.
Zaid said, “I’m sharing my story to inspire people and show them that miracles do exist. When I was two-and-a-half my mum took me to bed and […] a candle fell and it caught on fire. I was super injured. I’ve had so many operations now that I can’t even remember. I’ll probably have more skin grafts [in the future].”
He added, “They amputated both my hands and they took the fingers too. I have both my legs and feet. I have five [toes] on the left and on the right, I have one [toe]. I don’t walk normally. I don’t step flat. The doctors shut my eyes [under] the skin. I don’t know why they didn’t just take them out – probably because they thought I would see in the future.”
He continued, “So my next hope is to get my vision back. I’ve been blind since the accident. If I was to have this surgery it would be the first time I’d see the world properly [since before the fire]. To be able to see my family again after 14 years will be good. I think it’ll be cool. The first thing I want to see would be one of my friends. My best friend from school, Julia. I’d like to see her beauty, I guess.”
Zaid was 2 when the incident happened, and he was treated in a hospital in San Antonio for his 4th-degree burns.
Zaid and his family moved to Texas after he was released from the hospital, and he currently goes to attend a school for the blind.
At first, doctors said he would never talk and walk, but Zaid defied all odds and proved that you can overcome anything if you believe in yourself.
Zaid said he wants to become a translator and a motivational speaker.
Talking about his dreams, Zaid said, “I hope people will realize that you shouldn’t give up just because they tell you you’re not going to make it. I want to encourage people. The doctors said I was going to die. There was no hope for me. They predicted that I would not be able to talk, but I’m a miracle because of that. I can say thank you in nine languages.”
He added, “The most important thing for me is learning languages – Finish, Swedish, Danish, Chinese. In the future I want to be an interpreter and maybe a motivational speaker. Spanish is my first language and I learnt English at school when I was just nine-years-old.”
He continued, “I’m a sophomore this year. I’m working hard on my exams and I will probably go to college. My parents say to me ‘be good’ when I go to school. They are very supportive and encourage me to carry on as if nothing happened.”
Zaid said it was really hard for him when he was growing up.
According to Zaid, people were scared of him because of the way he looked when he was young.
Zaid said he was so down that he even tried to commit suicide when he was young.
Zaid also had a hard time fitting in at school and even had a hard time making friends. Zaid said he worked hard to improve each day and wanted to be accepted by the people who were around him.
The mother of Zaid prepares the parents of the children where they go so they can understand his condition more.
Zaid said, “When people meet my parents, my mum prepares them. She explains ‘hey, I have a child with disabilities’. She prepares them. Of course, they get surprised, but [soon] they only care about my personality. [When people meet me now], I hope that they think I’m interesting – that I’m easy to talk to.”
Zaid said he likes to go out with his friends and giving them time to talk with him if they want to talk about something.
He said he loves to sing, write songs, and poems. Zaid loves art too and loves playing around with his pencils.
After the incident went viral, Facebook removed the graphic warning on his posts and apologized for the inconvenience that they had caused.
A spokesperson from Facebook said, “We want Facebook to be a place where people can share their stories. While we sometimes apply a warning label to images of graphic injuries based on indications such as reports from users, we don’t always get it right as the context is important as well. After a closer review, the warning label has been removed and we apologize for the pain that this has caused.”
The fundraiser for Zaid’s surgery is still going on, and if you want to help the kid see again please donate some money by clicking here.
We hope you have a successful surgery Zaid, the world is a better place with people like you!