CAYUGA, Ind. (WTHI) - Two years ago, we brought you the story of a 7-year-old boy, named Kyler.
We followed his journey as he spent months recovering from severe burns at Riley Hospital for Children. That’s after a terrible bonfire accident in Cayuga.
News 10 got the chance to sit down with Kyler. This now 9-year-old, is getting back to being a kid.
Dribbling through obstacles on the court, and in life. Kyler said, "It’s because my legs were hurt bad. I couldn't walk."
Kyler is your up and coming sports super-star. He added, "I can play basketball, I can play soccer, I can play baseball, I can slide, I can run, I can catch and I can jump!"
Not only does he have fast moves, he has a positive attitude.
Kyler’s mother, Kanae Smith says, his recovery the past 2 years, has been tough. "I was hopeful and I prayed and I wished upon a billion stars probably. But he's come a long way, he's come a really long way."
2 years ago, Kyler’s coaches created a Go-Fund-Me account. That, along with fundraisers helped raise a few thousand dollars.
“I love them... thank you for caring about me for when I was in the hospital,” said Kyler.
Kyler received second and third degree burns on 17% of his body. His mother, Kanae, said, "Oh man... I think all together we've had ten surgeries."
But nurses helped give him a positive outlook. Not only did it boost his spirits, he helped other kids while at riley. Kanae said, "There was an older girl and she was really struggling. Kyler’s nurse Tony said, hey maybe next time she comes around... why don't you encourage her? And so the next time she was doing her physical therapy, Kyler got out of bed, stood by his doorway and just clapped. He said, you can do it! You’re almost there, you can do it!"
And that's what makes Kyler so special. He's a strong kid.
"I just want to say thank you also to Brent and John Thompson. They were the ones who originally, saved my son. If they had waited a few more moments, he probably wouldn't be here. I owe you guys a huge thank you,” said Kyler’s mom.
One big thank you, so this mom can continue to make memories on the court with her brave son.
Kyler’s last surgery is coming up this month.