We are overwhelmed with bad news nowadays, and as a media outlet we can assure you that bad news sells more. But this story is one about a boy who beat the odds and it had to be shared!
A 27-year-old burn survivor, Ngo Quy Hai, today owns a bakery in his birth city, Kon Tum, Vietnam. But once you hear his story you won’t believe it…
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‘I Am More Than How I Look’: Burn Survivor Goes From Hiding at Home to Opening Bakery pic.twitter.com/VXehyGcS5f
Hai was just a toddler when tragedy struck. As per reports, he was pushing a baby walker in the kitchen when he fell into an open wood stove, resulting in severe burns over his body.
“Baby walkers were common back then and there wasn’t knowledge about how dangerous they can be,” Hai explained.
After the accident, Hai had to spend 2 years in hospital, battling life and death and undergoing treatments and intensive care.
He was forced to undergo many reconstructive surgeries over his life, but even so, he still had quite visible deformities on his face.
However, his face wasn’t the only downside. As a result of the accident he suffered severe mental trauma and was bullied growing up because of his facial outlook.
“I felt alone growing up and didn’t have many friends,” he explained. “I felt ostracized from society. When I tried to find work, I was mocked and ridiculed. I didn’t leave my house at one point for almost two years.”
For two years he had to stay indoor and battle his new self. That’s simply heart-wrenching.
Despite falling behind his studies, he was happy that he made friends with his childhood buddy.
“Sometimes I think it is fate that brought us together,” Hai said of his new friend. “We’ve played together since we were very young and have experienced many joys and sorrows as we both shared the same sadness that no one wanted to play with us.”
Through thick and thin, he was still able to cling onto his dream: open a bakery. Sadly enough, his dream came as a direct result of he and his friend having once been kicked out of a bakery they had wanted to visit for a long, long time.
“We were very poor so our clothes weren’t as fancy as some people’s and they didn’t listen to our explanation either. They chased us away,” Hai said.
“It was humiliating. But it’s an experience that has made me who I am today. It made me know in my heart what I wanted to do. I was going to open up my own bakery so I could bake delicious and beautiful cakes and serve good food to everyone, whether they be rich or poor. I would not discriminate; everyone would be welcome.”
Thanks to the support from his family, Hai was able to go through hospitality training school in Hanoi and open a bakery, just like he always wanted.
“It was lovely to see so many smiling faces,” he said.
“I see a lot of children on the streets selling lottery tickets and I always invite them in for a piece of cake. We don’t know the hardships others have faced. Be kind.
“It’s my dream now to help others through similar hardships that I have been through. It is by giving back that one can make a difference in society.”
Hai told The Epoch Times: “I am more than how I look. Do not call me harsh words. I am a survivor.”
Stories like this one are clean proof that some people always have it worse than us. Despite all the adversities, Hai became worldwide inspiration.
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