Tragedy-Burn Victim/Flood Victim


My name is Lisa Markt.  I am from Las Vegas Nevada. I am writing on behalf of Yamil Martin and his family. Yamil  is just 17 years young, he is an amazingly loving human being, with a huge heart.  He is a musician, son, grandson, nephew, brother, cousin and friend.  He has aspirations beyond his years, he is a kind, tender soul.  Yamil comes from a very loving family, his Aunt Claudia is one of my very best friends. I have the pleasure of working with and knowing several of Yamil’s family members, they are all decent, upstanding, hard working individuals.  

In the early morning hours of April 02, 2017 while visiting with his Grandmother in Metepec Estado, Mexico, he climbed up on to his grandmothers roof.  It was there that he was suddenly struck by a surge of electricity that came from a faulty power line.  There was a burst (power surge) that struck him, just like a lightning rod.  He never even touched the power line as it was feet above his head.  The faulty wire belonged to the power company, Comision Federal de Electricidad whose negligence is the cause of the power burst.  This happened in a residential area, where any one of us could have been struck.  As parents that understand the very real consequences of poor choices, we teach our children not to touch a wire.  That is what makes this so heartbreaking, Yamil did nothing wrong, he didn’t make a bad choice.  There was nothing that his parents could have done differently to ensure his safety; Yamil himself could have not done anything to prevent this.  He is a victim of the poor standards of safety that failed to protect him, along with the negligence of a power company that is more concerned with profit then they are of human life.

Anywhere from 155,000-765,000 volts of electricity ripped through his young, healthy body that morning. It wreaked havoc, burning 85% of him, from the inside out.  He was not expected to survive, and if he did, it was expected that his heart would have stopped.  Which is how electricity kills, it stops the heart.  They were sure that if he did survive, that the brain would be badly damaged from lack of oxygen. Very few have survived such an electrocution; those that have are generally robbed of all motor skills due to the brain damage.  Miraculously, he never lost conciseness and his heart did not stop. Just two days after the electrocution, Yamil was being transferred to Shriner’s Burn Hospital for Children in Galveston Texas, where he still is being treated today.  On the way to Shriners, in the Life Flight helicopter, Yamil tearfully apologized to his Mother.  He was so sorry that she had to be there with him, seeing him so mutilated by the electrocution. He apologized for causing the pain that he could see on her face.  He said that his burns did not hurt him as much as it did to see the pain that this has caused her. This is that helicopter flight that transported Yamil below:

When I heard what he had said, I was moved to tears by his selflessness, he was more concerned about his mother then he was for himself.  This from a 17 year old child that knows that he has no skin on 85% of his body! He did not cry about the fact that he had no face, that he had no skin, that he was in immense pain or that he would not be able to ever be the same again. He cared more about what the electrocution was putting his mother and family through then himself!  This child did NOTHING wrong, yet he was apologizing for her pain!  Can any of us as adults honestly say that in that situation, at that age, that we would be more focused on others and their pain then our own? I don’t know anyone that would not agree that we would all like to hope that we would be so considerate.

He is a special human being, and I truly believe that God has a purpose for Yamil.  His survival is a miracle in itself!  His selflessness and the will to live is another miracle, beyond any earthly understanding.

Since Yamile has been electrocuted, he has gone through multiple surgeries.  They had to use cadaver skin to cover his raw nerves and muscles. He has many, many more surgeries to go.   His mother and father had to leave their small daughter,  country and their jobs to come be by Yamil's side.  

UPDATE 09/01/2017

A couple of weeks ago Yamil was discharged from Shriner's Burn Hospital for Children.  Not because he did not need to be there, but because they had to prioritize for bed space.  He was no longer considered to be 'life threatening'.  He still needs daily treatment at Shriners Hospital so Amanda and Carlos (Yamil's parents) rented a car to transport him.  They were given shelter by the hospital in a home that was shared with other patients.  The house was completely destroyed by the flooding. Yamil had to be moved to the roof of the house.  This just 5 days after his last surgery to add more skin to his body.  He got wet from the neck down and was then stranded on the roof of the house for 2 whole days.  By the time they could rescue Yamil from the roof, a horrible infection had already set in to his body from the flood water.

He is back in ICU at Shriners Burn Hospital for Children, where he is fighting for his life once more.  Just when the family thought the healing could begin, it is as if the tragedy started all over again.  It is like starting back at day 1!  These people are going through something that is so horrible, so painful, I just cannot imagine.  They need our help!  Please, give what you can!

There is no telling what kind of expenses this family will face in the future.  For now, the concern is being here with their son and with keeping their residence in Mexico.  It would be amazing if they could bring their daughter here and have a small place to stay for her that is appropriate.  

Due to the laws in Mexico, they will need a really great attorney if they have any chance whatsoever of seeing any justice for this preventable tragedy.  

They are currently staying in a shelter so that they can be near Yamil.  He has had many complications and is even suffering from infection right now.  They wanted to amputate one arm and one leg because he could not bend either one.  He refused, promising to do whatever it took to save his limbs. He works every day to stretch and bend them, sobbing from pain the entire time.  God gave Yamil an amazing will to live.

Please find it in your heart to help this family!  To put yourselves in their position, imagine how it would feel to not know if you will be able to have a home to take your child back to when he is well enough to go! Finances should be the LAST thing that a mother and father has to be worried about in this situation!  Please give whatever you can, every bit will help Yamil and his family!  Please give and please pray for this family!  Thank you for reading this and my God bless you!= )
Every dime of the money raised will go directly to Yamil, his father Carlos and mother Amanda.  They are the only one with access to these funds and they will be deposited directly into their bank account. They will use it for all of Yamil's medical needs.  I am hoping to raise enough for them to use the money to move their daughter here with them for as long as Yamil needs medical care in the U.S.!  Right now they are in a strange country, homeless, and without family anywhere close to them (they are in Texas!).   The worse part is that Yamil NEEDS the care from Shriner's Burn Hospital for Children daily.  They are in the area hit hardest in Texas with no choice but to be in the flood.


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Lisa Vala-Markt 
League City, TX
Amanda Celina Valenzuela Leon 
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