Even as a toddler, he was horribly burned when he fell into a wood stove. Bullied and outcast, this brave young man was so ashamed of his looks that he stayed inside his home for 2 years. Yet as time passed, he was able to transform his life in the most beautiful way. Just wait until you see him now.
Many times we face difficulties that are too strong to face. It seems to us that there is no way out, but God always finds a way to show that he is there for us.
Quy Hai is 27 years old and has lived his life isolated from others. The reason why is that he’s a burn survivor who has been conscious of the stares by the people from his surrounding.
Hai was just a toddler when the incident happened. It all happened when he was pushing a baby walker to the kitchen and accidentally fell into an open wood stove. The burns he suffered were more than severe, but he managed to survive.
“Baby walkers were common back then and there wasn’t knowledge about how dangerous they can be,” Hai explained.
He spent two years in the children’s hospital. He had many surgeries, one after the other, but he was left with scars on his body and face. For this, he was bullied by others.
“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.”
“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.”
With the help of a friend, Hai managed to follow his dream of owning a bakery. This happened because he got kicked out of a bakery when he went to meet a friend.
“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 explained. “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.”
When he showed his desire to his family, they were supportive. He did training and says that opening a bakery is the best thing that happened to him.
“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.”
His story is for others to follow and shows us that we should all believe in our abilities regardless of what others say.