A freak accident left a Powder Springs child with burns over 40 percent of his body.
POD SPRINGS, Ga. — Little Amahed’s parents say it all happened in an instant — one second, their happy, smiling baby was fine, and the next — it changed the rest of his life .
A freak accident left a Powder Springs child with burns over 40 percent of his body. The 17-month-old, whom the family dubs Bubby, slipped through the baby gate into the kitchen three weeks ago.
The family shared nanny cam footage showing him pouring Vicks VapoRub into a lit candle, which exploded in flames.
“He’s on fire here and I see a little ball of light and that’s it, you can’t even tell it’s a person, on camera it looks like a circle of light running down the corridor,” his mum Rochenda said. Golightly said.
The family launched a fundraiser to help them through their journey with him while keeping their small business open. If you would like to send Bubby a card, his address in the Pediatric Burn Unit is: Amahd Black, 3651 Wheeler Rd, Augusta, GA 30909.
Amahd’s father rushed him to the hospital, where he was airlifted to Augusta’s pediatric burn unit.
The family now takes turns driving three hours to be with him 24/7 until he wakes up.
“I talk to him, I tell him I love him, he’s strong and he’s beautiful,” Golightly said.
When they’re not in the hospital, they join the other kids in trying to keep their small Atlanta business afloat.
Amahd Black, Powder Springs Baby Accidentally Burns
Golightly said Bubby’s absence hung over her home. Until he came home, the family didn’t feel like it was a home at all.
“It feels empty, I know it feels bad to say it, but it feels like a crime scene here. It doesn’t feel like home anymore,” she said. “My daughter said she thought it was dark and she didn’t want to be here. She wanted us to move.”
The mum described her son as “fun”, “full of energy” and “bringing so much love into our family”.
He liked to sit in his high chair and look at the Christmas lights, his stockings hanging from his cape.
“We’re going to save all of that until he comes home,” she said of the decorations.
The family expects Bubby to be hospitalized for the next three months.
“I just want him to come home. I want him to come home. I know it’s going to be a long recovery, but I can’t wait for him to come,” his mum said.
For Golightly, his return home also marks the beginning of her recovery from the trauma of what happened to her son.
“I was so scared. Scared of what was going to happen. Every time I walked in there, I broke down,” she said.