Baby Who Suffered Burns to 95 Percent of His Body Turns 3, Celebrates With Fire Crew Who Saved His Life
By Louise Bevan The Epoch Times September 6, 2021
A 10-month-old boy from Queens was rescued from a house fire in 2019, suffering burns to over 95 percent of his body. Despite his slim chances of survival, though, he recently celebrated his third birthday with fire crews who saved his life.
On Aug. 21, the family of now-3-year-old Liam Dominguez welcomed New York City Fire Department members—from Engines 307 and 316, Ladder 154—and Fire Chief Johnson to a Sesame Street-themed birthday party at their home in East Elmhurst.
“Being able to attend his third birthday party was definitely an exciting day for all of us,” said Engine 316 firefighter Steven Keenan in a Facebook post shared by the department.
On July 10, 2019, an intentionally-set house fire ravaged Liam’s home. His mother, Elizabeth Rodriguez, 35, died in the blaze, as did his sister, Emma, 6, and his grandfather Claudio, 76.
Keenan found Elizabeth clutching her son near the front door after his crew arrived. “I remember providing care to Liam the day of the fire before transferring him over to EMS,” he said.
Liam was admitted to a burn unit at a children’s hospital in Galveston, Texas. His cousin and godmother, Denise Moreno, kept the FDNY updated on his recovery.
Denise learned about the fire after receiving a neighborhood alert on an app on her phone.
“That night the doctors said they had less than a 1 percent chance of surviving,” she recalled, according to Daily News. “Both him and Elizabeth had burns to over 95 percent of their body. I don’t think anybody had seen something to this level.”
Arriving at the hospital, she saw his entire body was “extremely swollen,” and both his eyes and mouth were “completely stuck shut,” she told Daily Mail, adding: “Shortly after, he was completely bandaged up to help with the pressure of the burns and was placed on medical equipment to help him breathe.”
Medics said that his intestines were swollen to the point that, in order to save his life, they had to open up his stomach to relieve some of the the pressure.
Liam was put into an induced coma and on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation—to pump and oxygenate his blood outside of his body to relieve stress to his heart and lungs.
For a brief time, his heart stopped.
Family prayed both for Liam and his mom, who held on for four weeks until losing her fight.
Liam had skin grafts, as well as 35 surgeries, which included amputation of his left foot and removing the toes of his right foot and a finger on his left hand to prevent infection. He finally went home after a year in the hospital.
Police stated that the house fire was intentionally set by family friend David Abreu Nuñez, from the Dominican Republic, who was boarding with them and retaliated after being asked to leave. Nuñez also died in the blaze.
Liam proved to be a fighter, however.
“He’s going to have to go through a lot more therapy, but I think eventually he will catch up to be the most normal child as you can possibly get him to be,” said Denise. “There is a lot more surgery down the road, physical therapy, surgery for prosthetic legs. But that’s all doable.”
Liam is also beginning to talk, she added.
Now, the toddler is receiving five home-based therapies a day—for speech, swallowing, and movement—and round-the-clock care from his mother’s sister Rafelina Moreno, a nurse. It was she who gave doctors permission to resuscitate when Liam’s heart stopped in his early weeks of recovery.
Despite his family’s worries that he might face judgement for his appearance growing up, his godmother said everyone who meets Liam is amazed by his journey. At 3, he is surrounded by love and laughter.
Liam’s rescuer, Keenan, said the toddler is “destined to do great things” and “there is a plan for him, that is why he’s still here.”
We think about the fact that after all these years and despite all our efforts, thousands of unborn babies are still being killed every day – with no end in sight. So we begin to doubt whether we’ve really accomplished very much, and some of us will even fear that we may be fighting a battle we can’t win. On the surface, this sort of despair might seem justified, but when you look deeper a much different picture emerges.
Devoutly corrupt: Some bishops make it clear that they will not deny pro-abortion Catholics like Biden Holy Communion. The media suggests that this is a good tactic, but that’s the media talking, not Church teaching.
The other sign that (Nancy) Pelosi is on the wane is the explosive reaction of her archbishop to her in-your-face pretense that she is a “devout Catholic” who also happens to be an abortion activist.
“As a devout Catholic and mother of five in six years, I feel that God blessed my husband and me with our beautiful family,” Pelosi said last week in the same breath as asserting that taxpayer-funded abortions are a “priority. It’s an issue of fairness and justice for poorer women in our country … the right thing to do.”
It’s enough to make you throw up.
But San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone saw right through the sophistry.
“To use the smokescreen of abortion as an issue of health and fairness to poor women is the epitome of hypocrisy: What about the health of the baby being killed?” he told Catholic News Agency. “What about giving poor women real choice, so they are supported in choosing life?”
The real “devout Catholics” are the “people of faith who run pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics; they are the only ones who provide poor women life-giving alternatives to having their babies killed in their wombs.”
Catholics everywhere squirm at the ostentatious piety of Pelosi and her fellow apostate Joe Biden. If they must sin, can they at least keep religion out of it?
Andrea Bocelli Shares Tribute Song to Mother Who Refused Doctors’ Advice to Abort Him By Louise Bevan, the Epoch Times, July 20, 2021 Updated: July 25, 2021
World-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli has shared a beautiful version of the 1940s song “Mamma,” in honor of his own mother and a brave decision she made six decades ago.
When doctors advised her to terminate her unborn baby due to their fear he would have a disability, Edi Bocelli refused. The tenor’s gratitude and reverence can be felt in every sweet note of the song.
Sharing “Mamma” on YouTube ahead of this year’s Mother’s Day, Bocelli’s rendition also features on his 2008 album, “Incanto.” In honor of his mother, Bocelli wrote in the description of the video: “She who, through divine grace, lives the generous mystery of birth, the sacred plan of giving shape and consciousness to clay.”
Born in Tuscany in 1958, Bocelli, now 62, struggled with poor sight from birth. Later diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, he went completely blind at 12 after an accident at a football match.
“I cried, but only for a short while,” Bocelli told The Big Issue in 2019. “I then set aside any form of self-pity and decided I needed to be positive and optimistic about life, finding ways to explore it.”
The award-winning singer said he owes his parents, Edi and his late father, Sandro, “an awful lot,” for molding his character and offering him an education during his life.
“Among the many teachings I received, I would mention the determination not to give up,” he reflected. “This is what my parents showed during my mother’s pregnancy when the doctors advised her to have an abortion, because the baby would be born with severe illnesses.
“She ignored their advice and carried on with my father’s support,” Bocelli said. “Without their courage and faith, I would not be here today to tell the story.”
His own survival story has informed the tenor’s pro-life views, and his desire to encourage any expectant mothers facing uncertainties to have courage.
“I am in favor of life,” Bocelli told The Telegraph back in 2011. “And of course, personally, I do not share the idea of being able to interrupt life arbitrarily … As much as I can, I show them an example and act as a role model, because I believe this is the only way.”
A few years ago, Bocelli retold his moving story of “a woman and a child” to his audience, saluting the woman’s bravery in refusing abortion.
He narrated the story of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for what the medical staff assumes to be appendicitis. Once the doctors applied some ice on her stomach and when the treatment ended, they suggested that she abort the child as he would be born with a disability. However, the woman didn’t pay heed to the advice and continued with the pregnancy and the child was delivered.
“That woman was my mother, and I was the child,” he revealed. “Maybe I’m partisan,” he added, “but I can say that it was the right choice.”