Mom Embraces Her Burn Scars After Kerosene Explosion

BarcroftTVPublished: November 14, 201754 views
Published: November 14, 2017

Solara Jaafar, 21, from Hyattsville, Maryland, was just two years old when an accident occurred during a family event, leaving her with third degree burns across 70 percent of her body. Still, the young mom left says she has learned to see her scars as beautiful.

The explosion, which happened in her birthplace Lebanon, was so extreme that it left her in a coma for six months. Her nine month old brother also tragically died in the blast, leaving her to mourn his passing while coming to terms with her own disfigurement.

The <a href="" target="_blank">burn victim</a> said: “There have been a lot of times where I have thought about what if my brother were to live and I didn’t, would he have been like a doctor by now? I do feel guilty for surviving, and there are times when I mess up or I do something wrong, and I feel really bad or like he’s disappointed at me.

Solara was treated affectionately in her neighborhood in Lebanon, but after her family migrated to the USA her scars made her the target of bullies. Even adults would stare and ask ridiculous questions. Their sick treatment had led her to attempt suicide four times.

She hated her <a href="" target="_blank">scars</a> and herself. But determined to survive, each day she would look at herself in the mirror and recite a mantra about how she was beautiful. It helped her a lot after finishing high school. Being surrounded with loving family and friends helped a lot as well.

“I am so thankful that I didn’t end my life and my life didn’t end that day."

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