Hargill teen severely burned in grilling accident set to return home
Fri, 23 May 2014 03:57:15 GMT —
The before and after images are shocking from a BBQ grilling accident involving gasoline on Easter Sunday.
Jason Lara suffered 1st degree burns on his face and ears.
The Hargill teen has second degree burns on his neck and third degree burns on his arms.
The 16-year-old is in San Antonio where he's received more than half a dozen surgeries, skin grafting and has endured the kind of pain described has being a person's worst nightmare.
Through it all, Jason's tried to remain positive.
His healing has been tremendous.
But his older sister Jasmine Lara is worried about his return home soon.
"I don't think it's okay for him to come home like this because he doesn't really have a good bed or anything," she said.
Jason's mattress sits on cinder blocks.
And there's no properly working air conditioning unit.
That's all a concern to his sister.
"It's going to be bad for him," she said. "He needs an air conditioning unit. He has one but it hardly works. It's really old. So with burns it's going to be all the more difficult."
Jasmine doesn't know it yet but GEF Financial and Action 4 News are here to help.
Ricardo Filizola with GEF is standing by with the surprises for Jason in the truck.
"We think your brother is a fantastic guy and we wish him a speedy recovery," GEF's spokesperson and owner said. "So we have a brand new mattress, box spring and a brand new all wood bed."
He's also getting a brand new AC unit for his room.
"It's incredible the help we've gotten and all the prayers and everything," Jasmine said with a smile. "It's been really amazing."
"Hello there Jason!" Action 4's Ryan Wolf said in phone interview via FaceTime with the burn victim. "How are you pal?"
"Good," Jason said from his hospital room.
"I want you to take a look right here at the screen!" Ryan said while turning the phone's camera to show Jason what's in the truck outside his home.
"Thank you very much for helping me out," Jason said.
His mom Alma also sees the Pay it 4Ward surprise while sitting next to him.
"Thank you to everybody who has had him in their prayers and financially," she said while wiping tears from her face. "They've done a lot." But so has Jason's sister.
She's taking care of four siblings, her own child and holds down a job in between visits to San Antonio to see her brother.
GEF Financial didn't want that to go unnoticed.
"In addition to the bed, the air conditioner and the mattresses, we'd like to give you $400," Ricardo said.
"Wow! " Jasmine said. "Thank you so much! I don't know what to say. I think it's incredible how people can step up and be so kind to strangers... people they don't even know."
Jason could be back home as early as this weekend.