Victor- Hero of the Month

Victor Onyegbulam

Brave teen faces burn injury

Hero of the Month Victor sustained severe burns to multiple areas of his body. His face, neck, back, stomach, arms and hands were all badly burned. At the time of his injury, Victor was living in Nigeria and only able to receive medical care to cover his current wounds. As he grew, Victor’s burned skin wasn’t flexible enough to grow with him, causing several areas to contract and restrict Victor’s range of motion and his ability to perform daily tasks.

A few years later, Victor had the opportunity to receive medical care in America, and he visited Shriners Hospitals for Children- Cincinnati. His nominating Child Life Specialist recalls that “Victor stepped onto the nursing unit with a big smile, knowing only a few words in English with his drawing pad in arms and a severely contracted neck.”

Victor’s skin had contracted so much that his head was pulled down to his chest, not allowing him to lift his head to speak. It was from here that Victor endured several painful surgeries to help release his skin; some of which required Victor to be on bed rest for days on end with his neck extended flat.

Victor has faced multiple painful surgeries throughout the years and overcome many obstacles, physically and emotionally. He learned English and bravely adjusted to life in a new country. Victor quickly found ways to cope with these big changes and has become an extremely talented artist; he even painted a mural in downtown Cincinnati!

Victor continues to work hard in all aspects of his life and is following his dream to become a burn surgeon and help other kids, just like him.

Kids Wish Network and Shriners Hospitals for Children- Cincinnati are proud to recognize Victor as a Hero of the Month!

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