A childhood fireworks accident is still affecting a Bozeman High School student 11 years later

A childhood fireworks accident is still affecting a Bozeman High School student 11 years later

BOZEMAN — In 2013, Mordasche Fronk was seriously injured in a fireworks accident. He was five years old at the time.

Nearly 11 years later, Mordashi is a student at Bozeman High School, and he says he still feels the effects of the accident. We hear his story and why he reaches out to the community for help.

“I think we did one or two, and everything was fine,” says Rebecca, Mordashi’s mother, recalling the incident.

It was the Fourth of July, and Mordashi had just turned five.

“Then my husband lit it and dropped it into the tube, and the tube came off the base. It spun around like a bottle and shot right at us,” Rebecca says.

The rogue fireworks chased the young Mardashi before flying up his shirt and exploding.

“All they could do here was give him an IV and make him comfortable,” Rebecca says.

“Yes, there aren’t actually any burn clinics in Montana,” Mordashi adds.

After being transferred to Salt Lake City at that time, Mordaci has spent the last 11 years undergoing treatment and physical therapy on and off in Montana.

He is currently a freshman at Bozeman High School where he plays in the band and engineers robotics projects.

But as Mordashi grew older, he outgrew the skin grafts used to repair his burns, requiring a new surgery that could restore movement to his arms.

“When you walk, or slide, you’re moving forward but your body is facing a different direction. So, it may be difficult to turn in certain directions,” he says. “I can mostly straighten this arm, but this arm isn’t straight.”

“It doesn’t grow like any other natural skin,” says Rebecca.

After doctors told her that the new skin modifications might require more procedures over time, the family did their best to delay the surgery.

“So, we wanted to avoid that. Not being in and out of the hospital and letting him have a childhood,” Rebecca says.

Now, the necessity of surgery has finally come, and after Mordashi’s father died suddenly in 2020, the family is asking the community for help to pay the costs associated with the surgery.

Although the thought of having to undergo more surgeries is daunting, Mordashi does not let the challenges of his past define his future.

“Keep moving forward. There will always be roadblocks and things that stop you, but you have to keep going,” he says.

You can learn more about Mordashi’s struggle and how to help on the family’s GoFundMe page.

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