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Man, 34, who suffered third-degree burns in house fire aged three has TikTok sensation

A survivor who suffered third-degree burns in a horrific house fire when he was just three years old has become a viral sensation on TikTok.

In 1990, Kenny Matthews, 34, from Sacramento, California, saw his life change overnight when a blaze left 90 per cent of his body covered in burns.

Kenny was playing with toys while watching TV, when he heard a big bang from the living room window and a fire erupted.

Kenny’s grandfather, Sunny, managed to carry the child out through a window but tragically died at the scene from smoke inhalation.

In 1990, Kenny Matthews, 34, from Sacramento, California, saw his life change overnight when a blaze left 90% of his body covered in burns. Pictured, as a baby 

Kenny (pictured, now) was playing with toys while watching TV, when he heard a big bang from the living room window and a fire erupted

Kenny (pictured, now) was playing with toys while watching TV, when he heard a big bang from the living room window and a fire erupted

The survivor who suffered third-degree burns in a horrific house fire aged just three years old has become a viral sensation on TikTok

 The survivor who suffered third-degree burns in a horrific house fire aged just three years old has become a viral sensation on TikTok

The fire burned all of Kenny's clothes and left his skin unrecognisable. Pictured, Kenny in one of his TikTok videos

The fire burned all of Kenny’s clothes and left his skin unrecognisable. Pictured, Kenny in one of his TikTok videos

Kenny, who suffered third-degree burns (pictured) in a horrific house fire aged just three years old, has become a viral sensation on TikTok

 Kenny, who suffered third-degree burns (pictured) in a horrific house fire aged just three years old, has become a viral sensation on TikTok

‘The incident happened when I was just three-years-old and I was living with my grandfather and my mom at the time,’ Kenny, who now works full-time as a social media influencer, said.

‘So, she left me and my grandfather to watch me while she goes to the store and I was at home playing with my toys and watching TV like a typical little child.

‘Then all of a sudden, I hear this commotion coming from the back with me and the windows just burst into flames.

‘All I could do in that situation was just panic, but thank goodness I had my grandfather there with me.

The toddler (pictured) was playing with toys while watching TV, when he heard a big bang from the living room window and a fire erupted

The toddler (pictured) was playing with toys while watching TV, when he heard a big bang from the living room window and a fire erupted

Kenny's (pictured, in hospital) grandfather, Sunny, managed to carry the child out through a window but tragically died at the scene from smoke inhalation

Kenny’s (pictured, in hospital) grandfather, Sunny, managed to carry the child out through a window but tragically died at the scene from smoke inhalation

Kenny's grandfather, Sunny, managed to carry the child out through a window but tragically died at the scene from smoke inhalation. Pictured, Kenny as a baby

Kenny’s grandfather, Sunny, managed to carry the child out through a window but tragically died at the scene from smoke inhalation. Pictured, Kenny as a baby 

Kenny (pictured, now) has racked up 1.1 million followers on TikTok so far and has plenty of videos showing how he lives with his injuries

Kenny (pictured, now) has racked up 1.1 million followers on TikTok so far and has plenty of videos showing how he lives with his injuries

Despite the life-changing event, the 34-year-old (pictured) tries to live every day with a smile

Despite the life-changing event, the 34-year-old (pictured) tries to live every day with a smile

‘So, he had a solution to save me but at the same time, he was dying from the smoke inhalation.

‘His solution was to pick me up under my arms and carry me over the window but unfortunately I got the blazed up by the fire.’

The fire burned all of Kenny’s clothes and left his skin unrecognisable.

However, despite the life-changing event, the 34-year-old tries to live every day with a smile.

Kenny has launched a TikTok account to share his life experiences and use his story to inspire others to ‘be the best version of themselves every day’.

Kenny (pictured, when he was younger) recalls how he heard commotion coming from the back and says the windows just burst into flames

Kenny (pictured, when he was younger) recalls how he heard commotion coming from the back and says the windows just burst into flames

Man, 34, who suffered third-degree burns in house fire aged three has TikTok sensation

Kenny (pictured) has launched a TikTok account to share his life experiences and use his story to inspire others to 'be the best version of themselves every day'

Kenny (pictured) has launched a TikTok account to share his life experiences and use his story to inspire others to ‘be the best version of themselves every day’

Man, 34, who suffered third-degree burns in house fire aged three has TikTok sensation

Kenny ‘doesn’t care’ about the comments and in one video which has since gone viral with 1.2 million views and 333,900 likes, he explains how he deals with bullies (pictured) 

He has racked up 1.1 million followers so far and has plenty of videos showing how he lives with his injuries.

This includes showing how he opens bottles with his hands, which were deformed because of the burns, eats with chopsticks and how he gets ready in the morning.

Other videos show Kenny revealing details of the house fire incident to his followers, while others show the TikTok star dancing to the camera and being himself.

However, while most people are kind on the social media site, Kenny does occasionally have to deal with trolls who call him ‘ugly’ and leave hateful comments.

Kenny's Tik Tok videos showing how how he eats with chopsticks

His hands were deformed because of the burns

Kenny’s Tik Tok videos (pictured, left and right) show how he opens bottles with his hands, which were deformed because of the burns, eats with chopsticks and how he gets ready in the morning

In another video, Kenny demonstrates how he gets ready in the morning (pictured)

In another video, Kenny demonstrates how he gets ready in the morning (pictured)

The influencer also shows his followers how he opens bottles with his hands

His hands were deformed because of the burns

The influencer also shows his followers how he opens bottles with his hands, which were deformed because of the burns (pictured, left and right)

Some videos show Kenny (pictured) revealing details of the house fire incident to his followers

Some videos show Kenny (pictured) revealing details of the house fire incident to his followers

Other TikTok videos show the social media star dancing to the camera and being himself (pictured)

Other TikTok videos show the social media star dancing to the camera and being himself (pictured)

Man, 34, who suffered third-degree burns in house fire aged three has TikTok sensation

Man, 34, who suffered third-degree burns in house fire aged three has TikTok sensation

Man, 34, who suffered third-degree burns in house fire aged three has TikTok sensation

While most people are kind on the social media site (pictured), Kenny does occasionally have to deal with trolls who call him 'ugly' and leave hateful comments

 While most people are kind on the social media site (pictured), Kenny does occasionally have to deal with trolls who call him ‘ugly’ and leave hateful comments

But he ‘doesn’t care’ about the comments and in one video which has since gone viral with 1.2 million views and 333,900 likes, he explains how he deals with bullies.

‘Like a lot of people call me ugly, and to me it’s like so? Who cares?,’ he says in the clip.

‘Like that’s supposed to hurt me? Like really? Boo? But I know my purpose. Because my purpose makes me beautiful.

‘Confidence makes you beautiful, inspiring others makes you beautiful which I do. Being a leader makes you beautiful. Being a follower, now that’s tough.’

Social media users have been blown away by his positive attitude and praised the TikTok star.

‘Yessir love is better than hate,’ one person wrote, while a second commented: ‘We do, indeed, not care.’

The influencer (pictured) is in the pursuit of happiness and hopes to spread love and joy, and finally reach a point in his life where he is truly content

The influencer (pictured) is in the pursuit of happiness and hopes to spread love and joy, and finally reach a point in his life where he is truly content

Kenny (pictured) now works full-time as a social media influencer

Kenny (pictured) now works full-time as a social media influencer

‘Bruh probably still gets more girls than me good for him,’ a third added.

‘Why do people hate others because of what they look like?? It’s 2021 we need to stop being so judgmental about the way others appearances are,’ a fourth commented. 

‘Ur not ugly don’t let people let you down,’ someone else added. [sic]

Kenny continued: ‘It’s important to be the best version you can be every day, no matter what you look like.

‘Confidence is the key, and don’t look to be liked by everybody. Start looking to be more respected than anything.

Kenny (pictured) is currently dating someone but hasn't revealed who the special lady is

Kenny (pictured) is currently dating someone but hasn’t revealed who the special lady is

‘But I will say to everybody, that every time you wake up early in the morning name at least three things that you are grateful for that you have now. Not for what you don’t have.’

Kenny is currently dating someone but hasn’t revealed who the special lady is.

He is in the pursuit of happiness and hopes to spread love and joy, and finally reach a point in his life where he is truly content.

The survivor added: ‘Hopefully I’m still here regardless of what’s going on, and I hope I receive a lot of happiness and reach a point where I can announce to the world that I am finally happy.’

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