It is devastating even for an adult to deal with tragedies that alter the way they look. As such, the story of a child who had his face split in three in an accident and yet saw the suffering through to live a full life is nothing short of an inspiration.
When he was just 4 years old, Jacob Roberts had his face crushed by a lawnmower. His dad, Brad Roberts, who was operating the machine, had unknowingly hit his own son while backing up. He immediately called out to his wife to call 9-1-1.
Fortunately, they got him to the Arnold Palmer Hospital just in time.
After numerous surgeries and skin grafts, the doctors were successful in reconstructing his chin to a certain extent, but his face was left disfigured.
Furthermore, the fingers on his left hand had been crushed.
He started playing video games after surgery, using one hand and his chin to operate the controller.
In an interview with Local 6 channel, Jacob said that he did not look forward to visiting the hospital for his treatment, but understood that he had to go through with it; besides, “it’s not gonna last long and I won’t get hurt,” he said.
His dad went through a rough time coming to terms with the tragedy.
“It’s something I’ll never forgive myself for, but Jacob is alive and he’s going to be fine. I always say they’re called accidents for a reason. They’re not called ‘on-purposes.’ Once the grieving process was over I told myself to buck up and be the man my family needed me to be,” Brad told IJR.
But Jacob’s determination and will to live a fulfilling life seemed to have rubbed off on him. Just days after the operation, the young boy was already riding his tricycle up and down the hospital corridor. In fact, the exercise helped strengthen his lower limbs, which actually helped him walk again!
Though his left hand had been crushed, Jacob hasn’t given up drawing … he still has one good hand!
He also plays soccer with the school team and loves going out for a swim.
Students and teachers at his school see him as a source of inspiration.
Jacob’s successful survival of the terrible accident and his positive outlook towards life has been something that his parents consider a miracle. And a true miracle it is!
Fast-forward seven years … Jacob turned 10 this year. He strives to live the normal life that any kid his age would.
This April, he started playing soccer with a new club.
His story can be followed on his Facebook page.