The journey to recovering from a burn injury very often comes with doubt, discouragements, hard questions, and physical and emotional pain.
Kay Obum is a Nigerian burn survivor whose life after an unfortunate accident changed at the age of 10 and suffered 3rd degree burns that had him bed-ridden for a whole through no fault of his own. However Kay despite all these pains and suffering, with the love of his mother, faith in God is more stronger and confident than ever. He wears his scars proudly and knows that his scars dont define him.
We have never met anyone as confident and strong as Obum and so we were glad when we had the opportunity to interview him and share his story with you. Read on to find to out Kay Obum’s inspirational story.
Q: Tell us your story. What happened to you?
When I was 9 years I had a life changing accident, home accident, kerosene lamp explosion that landed me in the hospital with 3rd degree fire burns and had to be discharged after a year plus.
Q: How has the experience changed your life?
In a very drastic way, I was such a cute, outspoken, smart, and young son but I changed physically and also lost friends though I don’t judge them, we were still young then and I looked different from the class mate that knew.
Q: Have you experienced any stigmatization?
Yes I have in so many levels, when I was small going to DMGS my peers then didn’t like selecting me in playing a ball called “monkey post” they might have reasons, I don’t judge, the bus conductors used to tell me that the bus was filled up just to go down to carry someone close to me. The world needs some one perfect but I wasn’t.
Q: Why do you think you were saved?
I was saved by the prayers of my family, friends, churches etc. But God saved me by his grace.
Q: Employment After burn injury. Tell us about that
Well am a degree holder in psychology unizik, I have a diploma in computer science and infotec, I have worked for few computer centers and also a writer for some firms I can’t disclose, lastly I have written lots of articles on my blog, Facebook page, IG , whatsapp and I have talked to lots of people online and offline.
Well work is not easy am just looking for someone that will employ me because am valuable asset lastly my big hit (THE STORY OF MY LIFE) will be coming soon am still writing it.
Q: What’s your profession?
Am a psychologist
Q: Who or what kept you going?
What keeps me going, I had a flair to live, I have had my fair share of depression so I motivated myself to survive, I was rejected so many times but God didn’t so am here to return his glory to him. He saved me.
Q: How did you feel back then when it happened?
I was a baby I couldn’t explain my feelings, but I had the zeal and energy to move on.
Q: And how do you feel now?
I feel good, I cry sometimes because am human but I am grateful to God.
Q: If you could have gone back in time what would you have liked to change?
I wouldn’t change anything.
Q: What do you do for fun?
I go on a long drive, sleep, chat, counsel people and finally I love to eat junk.
Q: Anything you would like to share or advice for other burn survivors?
Yes I would love to meet them one on one and share a hug, call me on facetime, imo, whatsapp, messenger lets hang out we deserve to stay alive for being survivors, mail me as well [email protected] +2347031810349.
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