Nigerian burn survivor, Kechi Okwuchi has shares her recovery journey as she bares her facial scar.
The 31-year-old Nigerian-American singer, is one of two survivors in the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash that happened 14 years ago when she and her school mate at Loyola Jesuit College where going home for the holiday.
Kachi revealed she has undergone over a hundred reconstructive surgeries since the targic crash that claimed 107 lives, 59 of which were her school mates at Loyola Jesuit College.
The singer shared a throwback photo from 2007, a year after the tragic crash and a new photo taken on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Kachi said she grateful to God for being alive to witness her progress.
Sharing the photo on her Instagram page, she wrote;
“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”