Malakai is a vibrant, sweet, funny, energetic, intelligent & talented boy who just turned 13 a week ago. He is the oldest of siblings to his sister who is 10. Just 4 days after turning 13 on Labor day 2018, however, his life (and his family's) would forever be changed, as he endured being assaulted by a previously trusted uncle who was 2x his size and 25 years his elder, and suffered over 4 dozen stab/slash wounds in a clear attempted murder...but thanks be to God, his Nana who caused his uncle to pause long enough for him to crawl and limp away, and the incredible fighting spirit he gave when he fended off blow by blow for the 5 minute assault, and in the process suffer one of the most grisly assaults on a boy you will ever see...
An email excerpt from Malakai's father illustrates just how severe the trauma is that Malakai suffered and his road is only just beginning:
Earlier tonight the hand doctor (Dr. Clarke, he like Dr. Carson of Gifted Hands, would easily be our Gifted Hand Doctor) Had to remove the temp splint for his left hand after doing the right hand earlier in the day. Both were difficult, both to watch and especially for Malakai to endure his raw flesh being torn afresh from the over 2 dozen slash and stab wounds suffered 3 days before, when the doctor had to remove the bandages to recast in a hard cast.
For over an hour on the left hand (dominant hand) with NO PAIN KILLER until well into the ordeal, the doctor removed strip by strip the cloth and bandages and scream by scream Malakai gutted it out and gritted his teeth and bawled his scarred, sweet face with each pull, each one wrenching our hearts and crushing our souls. It was nearly like being skinned alive! All at the hands of the MONSTER who did this! Not only shattering Malakai's childhood and many dreams he had, but in addition for ZERO reason (like there is ever a reason to slash and stab a 13 year old innocent kid 14 times to the head and face and neck, 2 dozen times on both arms hands and fingers, and 5 times in the back and side!!! This may not be about the evil human being who did this or my ever growing anger towards him, but it's a part.
In the end however, this is about the innocent sweet boy who just had his 13th birthday 4 days before the heinous attack nearly ended his life. This is the desire to put out there the NEED for this boy's future needs after spending 5 days in the hospital and 7 hours of emergency surgery, and days and weeks ahead of pain and rehab for the physical wounds, and what is likely to take many time longer for the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects to be addressed.
Malakai deserved better than this, assaulted by and attempted murder by an uncle who we took in and loved as a brother that despite a diagnosed mental illness, was kept under control with a medicine regimen that stabilized the uncle for 13 years...until the day on Sept 3rd somehow he snapped and literally tried to choke, beat, stab, and slash the life out of Malakai.
The need is real and the need is urgent. Please consider any donation to help Malakai fight to reclaim the use of his hands and fingers (violin, piano, and adept video gamer among his many talents affected thusly), full facial recovery, and fight to reclaim his full mental and emotional capacity (and his family's who found him bleeding out after the assault was thwarted before a fatal stab to the head or heart or artery when his Nana screamed and actually grabbed the knife with her bare hands, and caused the heinous uncle to stop and then after wrestling the knife back, slit his own throat). The emotional scars will be the more difficult road, even though the physical recovery has only just begun and is excruciating and traumatic.
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