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Michael Brewer

August 24, 2010 by staff 

Michael Brewer, “A child just caught on fire,” says a desperate voice, with screams audible in the background.

On October 12, 2009, just a day after his 15th birthday, Michael Brewer was burned and left to die.

“Honey, what happened?” 911 callers can be heard to ask.

“Someone put things on me!” the responses of adolescents.

It all started when a group of thugs in Deerfield Beach, Fla. – Michael says old friends – he molested at 40 and said he owed them a DVD.

“They said to come here … no one is going to hit,” said Michael. “Then someone spilled something on me and lit me on fire. Then I started running.”

A boy poured alcohol on the back of Michael. Another had a lighter.

“I saw a boy throwing something the other guy, and next thing you know, the boy was on fire,” said the witness Maldenero Providence.

Michael jumped out to a nearby pool in a desperate, instinctive to douse the flames.

But his long and difficult struggle to stay alive just beginning.

Within 12 minutes, was airlifted to the trauma center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Sixty-five percent of his body was covered with burns of second and third grade.

“I do not really say how bad it was, that kept me,” said Valerie Brewer, Michael’s mother. “I had holes’
Hers is an extraordinary story of survival and courage. One that he and his family can now count in detail.

“I had holes in my arms,” recalls Michael. But he cannot even remember what happened the first few weeks as he lay in a coma for three weeks induced, in part, to not feel the pain indescribable.

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