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Burn survivor provides insight on recovery following ExxonMobil fire

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"I was trying to look it up on my phone. Three I think were sent to UTMB," Cody Schroeder said.

While Cody Schroeder stays updated on the ExxonMobil fire Wednesday he recalls his own story of being a burn victim. 

In 2007 the veteran firefighter was responding to a house fire when Schroeder says there was a flash over. The home was suddenly engulfed in flames. 

"It flashed and fire blew everywhere and I looked and saw light. I took off for a window, hit the window, burglar bars," Schroeder said.

Schroeder received third degree burns to almost 40 percent of his body. He was flown to UTMB in Galveston where his healing process would begin. 

Schroeder says he underwent countless skin grafts, the grueling process of changing bandages daily and at one point he was in a two week coma. 

"The skin graft hurts worst than any surgery they do but it only hurts for about 6 days," Schroeder said.

His story is one that some workers from ExxonMobil may soon be able to relate. 

Schroeder says no burn is the same and says hope will be the ultimate medicine for those recovering from Wednesday's accident.

"They can't make you do it. You have to motivate yourself. If you want to get better you have to put in work," Schroeder said.


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