A toddler has managed to beat the odds after his mother’s abusive boyfriend dipped him in near-boiling water in 2013.
According to the U.K. Mirror, Korbin Edwards suffered third-degree burns when Daniel Rose, 32, threw him in a bathtub filled with scalding hot water.
“I was really scared when I first saw his skin,” said DJ Gilbert, mother of the Kansas City, Missouri, boy, who was then 2 years old. “It was bright red and white from where it was peeling off, large chunks of skin where missing. I found out he had third degree burns across half of his belly, all his waist, his genitals, butt and most of his legs.
“Doctors told me there was a chance he wouldn’t make it and that that if he did, he would need major skin grafting, as well as it being unlikely he would ever walk again,” she added. “They thought it was a miracle that he had made it through and survived.”
Somehow Edwards made a recovery and even learned how to walk again. At the time of writing this, he is now 6 and about to finish kindergarten.
As for Rose, he is facing a 12-year prison sentence for what he did to the boy in 2013.
“(Korbin) couldn’t eat, drink, go to the bathroom on his own or anything — it was very hard to watch,” Gilbert said. “He needed a feeding tube, an IV and a catheter for three weeks, even then he couldn’t eat solids for a long time. But he kept getting better and better, and despite being told he may never walk again he’s proved everyone wrong, he is a very strong little boy.”
“I would never have thought he could have done something like this, there were no red flags to show that he would hurt me or the kids,” Gilbert added. “He was in the Army and people from the military are good guys, I thought he was a trustworthy person.”