At only 9 years old, Lesia Cartelli was badly burned in a gas explosion at her grandparent’s house. But now, this brave woman uses her traumatic past to help other burn victims find healing.
Lesia and her cousin were playing in their grandparent’s basement on that terrible day. A gas leak ignited, causing the whole house to blow up. The explosion threw many of the 9 family members in the home across the street.
Already a fighter, Lesia pulled herself out of the rubble. Flames still covered her little body so she rolled in the dirt and snow to put them out.
Lesia’s own grandfather thought she was someone else because of how badly she was burned in a gas explosion. As paramedics loaded her into the ambulance, her grandfather tried to leave. He thought the house debris still held his granddaughter’s body. Even though Lesia was right in front of him, he didn’t realize it was the same child. “That’s not her,” he said when paramedics suggested the girl in the ambulance was his granddaughter.
Catching a glimpse of her reflection in the ambulance window helped Lesia understand why her grandfather didn’t recognize her. Burns covered 50% of her body and fire burned off all her hair.
Continue reading to learn the one thing Lesia changed about how she looked at life and how her life started to rebuild from that point on!
Life can sometimes be overwhelmingly hard. We all have days where we feel like it’s just not worth it. . .where we just want to give up. And for me, that’s why stories like Mui Thomas’ are just so powerful. Mui suffers from a very rare and severe skin disorder called harlequin ichthyosis. It’s something she could have easily let discourage her. But for the people who take the time to get to know Mui, they can’t help but be impressed by her energy and upbeat spirit!
Mui’s “never quit” attitude is especially uplifting when you take into account all of the hardship she has endured. She’s never known her biological parents. But God blessed her with her adoptive parents, Tina and Roger, when she was very young – something that greatly helped shape her to be the strong and courageous woman she is today.
In fact, the burns were so severe, her own grandfather didn’t recognize her
Tina and Roger never planned to be adoptive parents. But over 20 years ago, while living in Hong Kong, the couple felt a calling to volunteer as foster parents. That’s when they started visiting Mui at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital. Mui was only a few months old when the visits began, and over time, the infant and this kind couple formed a close bond.
But when Mui was moved to an institution for the mentally handicapped, solely because there was nowhere else for her to go, Tina and Roger felt compelled to act. Roger explains,
“She was effectively being hidden away from the rest of society in a home for the mentally handicapped. She has no mental handicap. Now, we had to make the decision.”
They say their decision to adopt Mui made no sense to anyone else. But they knew this little girl needed them, and they had fallen in love with her. And so, they became Mui’s new parents – a true blessing for the long road that Mui had ahead.
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