WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A little boy suffered through burns, injuries, and several surgeries after his neighbors allegedly tossed a lit firework at him on his 10th birthday.
- Ten-year-old Aaron Carreto eventually lost all his fingers from his left hand and was left feeling betrayed and traumatized.
- The authorities have arrested one of the neighbors while the second person is under investigation.
A little boy ended up with life-changing injuries on his 10th birthday when his neighbors allegedly tossed a lit firework at him.
The July 6 incident not only traumatized Aaron Carreto but also kept him in the hospital for weeks, as he recovers from injuries, burns, and several surgeries.
Aaron’s sister, Adriana, was prompted to set up a GoFundMe page to help with his medical bills and living expenses.
Adriana wrote on the fundraiser page: “This incident changed his life, way of living but not his spirits. With his new disability, he’ll find it difficult to adjust to his day to day lifestyle. He suffers trauma as well as burns and injuries.”
She remarked that her little brother now “feels betrayed by those people around us and wants to start a new life far away from where he grew up.”
According to Adriana, Aaron was playing outside their apartment complex in Compton, California at around 11 a.m. “when two older men (our neighbors) approached him” and tossed “an illegal and homemade firework” at him.
The firework was already lit, giving Aaron barely any time to react before it exploded.
Aaron underwent emergency surgery at the Long Beach Memorial Hospital, where he later had two more surgeries. He was then transferred to UCI Medical Center in Orange.
The 10-year-old suffered from burns on his stomach and face and eventually lost all his fingers from his left hand.
Adriana stated, “He is currently recovering from four surgeries he’s had so far (with two more in the near future). He lost his left hand completely.”
As reported by KTLA, local police have arrested one of the neighbors while the second person remains under investigation.
Meanwhile, Aaron’s family is helping him focus on healing, both physically and emotionally.
“Those guys who did this, I don’t want to see them no more. I just wish that they could be in jail,” Aaron told KTLA from his hospital bed.
Aaron is “making progress each and every day,” Adriana wrote on the fundraiser page.
She thanked her little brother’s supporters, whose love and support keep motivating him “to be the strongest person he can ever be.”
You can help Aaron with his recovery by donating to his GoFundMe page.