COBB COUNTY, Ga. - James is now forced to talk with a lisp, but he's willing to share his painful story in the hopes that it will prevent others from getting hurt. The 23-year-old explained he was on his break at work and simply did what he had done hundreds of times before.
James' injuries were so severe he was airlifted to the University of Alabama's burn unit, where he spent a week in the ICU. His parents told FOX 5 they couldn't believe the severity of the James' injuries.
His mother was severely traumatized as well.
And so with a long road of recovery still ahead, the Lauria family wants to warn others.
It's been six weeks since the accident and James is still on a liquid die, unable to eat solid foods. His mother, Beth said he will be fitted for a prosthetic for the roof of his mouth in hopes that the hole will close. But James has a long road of recovery ahead.