On February 27th, 2016 at just 24 years of age Christian Cooper suffered a tragic car accident in Hoover, Alabama which left him with 3rd degree burns over 75% of his body. Christian remembers the accident. When he saw a fire had started in the passenger floor board he left the Interstate and ended up in a ravine with the car on fire. He was unable get out of the burning car, The driver's side door would not open and being unable to break the driver's side window he blew the horn and yelled for help. He then slid down in the seat and was able to kick out a portion of the windshield when two good samaritans came and helped pull him from the car. They put him on the ground long enough to extinguish the flames engulfing his body and then took him out of the ravine to the side of the Interstate.
Taken to the local trauma center and given "less than a 5-10% chance of making it through the night" and "probably no chance" of walking out of the hospital, his family was told by a close friend about the JMS Burn Center in Augusta Georgia. After talking with lead JMS surgeon Dr. Fred Mullins the afternoon following the accident, a med-jet was dispatched to Birmingham the following day and Christian was taken to Augusta where he spent 4.5 months in the burn intensive care unit and 2 weeks in in-patient rehab. After over 60 surgeries to replace his skin with his own skin that was grown in a laboratory in Massachusetts, Christian finally built up enough strength and determination to stand again and re-learn how to walk. He also began to increase his self-sufficiency in using his left hand due to extensive burn damage to his dominant he is extremely thankful to the thousands of people who have followed his story.
It was that prayerful following and faith, family and friends that has allowed him to live through this experience and use it to lift up many people in reminding them of their many blessings. Christian continues to speak to groups about his journey and has spoken to groups young and old with just a few people to over two thousand. He uses these opportunities to thank people and help restore both their attitude in how they live their daily lives, and, in helping them sustain their faith that is needed to carry them through their own life challenges.
So join us in supporting Christian's miraculous journey as he continues his healing process and using his story to help lift up and encourage others.
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