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SOTF Radio: Zachary Sutterfield

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On today's episode, our badass guest is Zachary Sutterfield, a young burn survivor doing incredible things to change lives and save others. To find out more about Zach viist @ZacharyRecovery on Facebook.

Zach is a 21 year-old student, son, brother and friend who is fighting to live what he calls his best life after a fire drastically changed the life he knew. In the early morning hours on July 20, 2018, Zach was asleep in the Iconic Village Apartments when the apartment complex was set on fire. Zach and his two friends, Haley Frizzell and David Ortiz, fled from the apartment. David ran one way, Haley ran the other, and Zach jumped from the second story. The paramedics later said they had never seen anyone that burned before…alive, and they truly did not expect him to live. He was immediately flown to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, where he was treated for third degree burns on 70% of his body and a traumatic brain injury. He was given a 20% chance to live that increased to 50% as he kept making it through the days that followed. Zach is a miracle. His heart is full of fight and positivity as his learns to navigate his new life that he dedicates to the friends he lost. Of course his new life, or “best life” as he calls it, is still an uphill battle full of surgeries and rehab. Zach has currently had 24 surgeries with more to come, his TBI is still trying to heal itself, he has worked on loving what he sees in the mirror, and is adjusting to the challenges of his new body. However, the challenges he faces every day are not the only battles he fights. One of the most difficult parts about this awful tragdey is not having justice. The fire was ruled arson and the party responsible has not been found. Five people died on July 20th and Zach will forever have to navigate his new “best life” differently.