Baby burn survivor says she would not change anything or ‘ask not to be burnt’

Baby burn survivor says she would not change anything or ‘ask not to be burnt’

A baby burn survivor says she would not change what she has been through and survived for anything.

Psychology student Alyssa McDonald from Illinois, USA, was burnt at the young age of two, but says: “if a magic genie were to appear and grant me three wishes, I would not ask to not be burnt.”

Alyssa was at her grandmother’s house when she tried to climb a stove and poured hot butter on her face.

She was rushed to the emergency room where she stayed in a coma for days and underwent emergency surgeries.

Things did not look well for Alyssa, and the doctors advised her parents to prepare themselves for the worst.

She was in a coma for days after her surgery and her head expanded to ten times its regular size, and her eye was closed shut.

But miraculously Alyssa made it through that ordeal and has led a normal life.

She has had hundreds of cosmetic surgeries
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She has had hundreds of cosmetic surgeries and has been put through multitudes of painful procedures to make her life easier.

Alyssa is confident in who she is and the life she has made for herself and claims that if a magic genie were to grant her three wishes she would not take back her burns.

She said: “My uncle who was a teenager at the time was the first to find me after my accident.

“When he found me, he said, I wasn’t crying, or anything, so I just kept complaining that I needed to wipe my face.

“And as I’m telling him this, my skin is literally melting off of my face.

“He didn’t know what to do. He was a teenager himself, so he picked me up, and he actually has a burn on his hand as well and rushed me to the hospital.

She was two when the incident took place
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“After the initial shock and emergency surgeries, I was in a coma for a few days. They said my head was ten times its size and I couldn’t lift it up.

“They initially thought I was blind and I had no vision out of either of my eyes and it was a very difficult time, especially for my family.

“The doctors told my mother it was best for her to call all the immediate family and call the church you know to get your funeral arrangements together.

“They had no hope that I would make it out of that situation. But here I am thirty years later, and it was a tough road at first. I have had hundreds and hundreds of surgeries.

“I’ve had plastic surgeries, I’ve had skin grafts. I’ve had things move from one place to another. I’ve had constant surgery until I was eighteen and had the power to say no.

Things did not look well for Alyssa, and the doctors advised her parents to prepare themselves for the worst
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mediadrumimages.com/@alyssamcdon)

“I am all right with who I am and what I look like and the work that went into it.

“I would not change anything, if a magic genie were to appear and grant me three wishes I would not ask not to be burnt.

“This is all I have known, I don’t even know who a not burnt Alyssa would even be.”

Alyssa has undergone many painful procedures to improve her quality of life after her accident.

“After the initial surgery I was only in the hospital for a few days and then I was sent home,” she says.

“Once I left the hospital I remember having to get to the bathtub and get my skin scrubbed.

“They [used] some type of brush and a solution and my family literally had to scrub the dead skin off of my body and I remember that being like torture.

Miraculously Alyssa made it through that ordeal and has led a normal life
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mediadrumimages.com/@alyssamcdon)

“I was in the water and someone’s holding me down because I’m trying to get away and just scrubbing me and I’m crying and they’re crying.

“I also had procedures where I had to have my nose and mouth stretched as I grew because I was having issues breathing.

“I remember being very combative as a child and fighting them a lot.

“My room was swarmed with nurses, nurse assistants, doctors just holding me down for these necessary procedures.

“I would like to apologise to those nurses I did not know, and I was very traumatized.”

Alyssa is now a mum to a five-year-old girl, has a long term partner and has started a psychology course to help those who feel different in society.

“I am studying psychology now, I have been back in school for a few months,” she says.

She said she is confident in who she is and the life she has made for herself
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mediadrumimages.com/@alyssamcdon)

“Being a burn survivor is one of the catalysts of becoming a psychologist.

“I do want to eventually have my own practice, where I specialize in self-esteem, self-confidence, things like that.

“I want to get to a point where I can go to different cities and put on workshops.

“I don’t want to just be burn survivors, just anyone that feels different really.

“Being different or standing out in society is like having to put your armour of confidence on in the morning and go out to see the world.

“There’s a lot of people with a lot of things that society deems unacceptable or people that are classified in different sections.

“I want to build a safe place for those people who consider themselves unlike others, I want us to come together.

“Just hang out and figure out how to navigate this world with what we have because I don’t believe in adding anything extra until you have accepted what you’ve been given.”

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