A Beautiful Little Girl

By: Zoe Pelletier

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On August 28, 1977, I was a beautiful little girl in a small town of Timmins, Ontario. My older brother, Evan and I were playing in the bunk beds of his room. My other older brother, Patrick was also in the room with us. My brother Patrick was playing with a FLARE GUN. My parents didn't know it was even in the house since they didn't own any guns.

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I was told by others Patrick may have stolen it from a local sporting goods store. While I was playing with Evan on the bottom bunk Patrick pointed the flare gun at me and pulled the trigger. He assumed it was not loaded.

The flare entered my forehead than exited through the top of my head. The bed caught on for also. However Evan and Patrick were not burned.

I was burned on the following areas; face, top of head, hands, arms, legs, chest and abdomen. I was air lifted to Toronto Sick Children's Hospital and remained there for almost a year.

As a result of my injuries my fingers melted together. I had no nose or lips and my eye lids and brows were melted. My left optical nerve was severed wich left me blind in that eye. Till this day I still have real bad problems with it. I may have to have it amputated this year due to the severity of the problems

I've had pretty close to 50 surgeries now. This year I started having cosmetic surgery to improve my facial appearance. It's not that I don't like the way I look after all I've only known myself to look this way. I want to look as beautiful outside as I feel inside.

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