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Young boy in recovery after being burned

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 12/22/2013 7:18 pm
MANTACHIE, Miss. (WTVA) -- When you meet Gabe Wigginton, his energetic spirit doesn't give any sign that this past year has been a long road of recovery.

Last October, three-year-old Gabe suffered second and third degree burns to 60 percent of his body.

His mother was not with him at the time of the accident.

"They wouldn't tell me anything, they just said, 'You need to get up here now," mother Tiffany Wigginton said.

Wigginton said flames jumped from a gas tank onto Gabe burning him, sending him to three different hospitals for six months.

"There were several days when I was sitting in the ICU with him, and he coded, and they told us there was nothing else they could do," Wigginton said.

Now that his burns have healed, he has to receive speech, occupational and physical therapy due to the tightness he experiences from his scars.

"He has to go to therapy just so they can keep those joints worked so they don't get so tight where he can't move them at all," Tiffany Wigginton said.

Gabe said he doesn't mind going.

"It makes me strong when I go to therapy," Gabe said.

Both Wigginton and her mother, Joy Jones, said they worried that Gabe may not be the same sweet, little boy after this, but they say that wasn't the case.

"It doesn't seem like he feels self conscious about the way he looks," Tiffany Wigginton said. "He knows that he looks different, but it doesn't seem to bother him."

The family said one thing that's helped them through this accident is the support of thousands.

"Everybody's constantly checking on him," Wigginton said. "It's just unreal how people we don't even know have kept up with him to make sure he's doing okay."

For now, the family said they will continue to move forward.

"We're just going to keep going day by day and we know that he has big plans in store for him," grandmother Joy Jones said.
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