HS football player badly burned receives homecoming celebration

HS football player badly burned in freak accident celebrates birthday during homecoming celebration

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. — For the first time since his horrific accident months ago, a Bremen teen who suffered burns to over 90% of his body is now back home.

Mayson McKinzie received a special homecoming celebration with family, friends and cake after what's been a long road to recovery. The 15-year-old was all smiles and walking.

“We’re praising God for where we're at today," said Mayson's mother, Ginger McKinzie.

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The last time we spoke with Mayson McKinzie in April, he was in a wheelchair outside Grady Memorial Hospital.

McKinzie was severely burned when a can of gasoline exploded near his family's home. McKinzie said he was using gasoline to burn some debris in his backyard. He said when he poured the gasoline, the flames went back into the gas can and blew up.

“It feels good to sleep in my own bed and to see things that I haven’t seen in awhile," he said.

McKinzie is a student and athlete at Bremen High School and the brother of a Bremen police officer.

McKinzie had to celebrate his birthday at Grady Hospital, so Sunday's celebration was a redo of sorts, complete with well wishes from people who prayed for his recovery.