I’m Grateful I Lived Long Enough To See It – Plane Crash Survivor, Kechi Okwuchi Speaks
Kechi Okwuchi, a burn survivor, has stated that true change and genuine growth do not happen quickly.
The 31-year-old Nigerian-American singer, who was one of two survivors of the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 tragedy, announced this on Tuesday, July 20 on social media when she shared her 14-year rehabilitation story.
Kechi Okwuchi was given a 30% chance of survival after suffering third-degree burns over 65 percent of her body.
Since the terrible crash that killed 107 people, 59 of whom were her classmates at Loyola Jesuit College, she has had over a hundred reconstructive surgery.
The America’s Got Talent contestant said she is grateful to God for being alive to witness her growth, sharing a photo from 2007, a year after the horrific crash, and a fresh one taken on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
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Read her post and see more photos below…
“Wonder if I should tag this as sensitive content…?) I stumbled upon the picture on the left on my laptop a couple months ago, and i have been contemplating this post since then,” she write.
I remember I stared at it for a long time that day. Time makes me forget just how extensive my burn injuries were, and how devastating the effects were to my body.
The pic on the left was taken a good year after the plane crash and by then, intense scar tissue had formed, esp on my face.
I took the pic on the right a few mins ago and made these before/afters, and I marvel at how far God has brought me. I am the result of the hard work of multiple surgeons He brought into my life, nurses, physiotherapists, and love and care from my family, my mom especially.
This is what progress looks like, guys. 2 pictures, 14 years apart. I’m grateful that I lived long enough to see it.
I decided to make this post so that you guys can marvel at God with me. I want someone who reads this to see that true progress, genuine growth, and lasting change cannot happen overnight.
Most of the time during the journey, maybe like me, you won’t notice changes because day by day they’re too minuscule to make a difference. But if you give yourself a fighting chance, if you find the right kind of support on your journey, one day, definitely one day, you will look back like I did this morning and hopefully…you will smile.
I heard this in a song and it stuck with me: The night will definitely come. But so will the morning