Kechi, a 2017 finalist on America’s Got Talent, details her incredible story of survival, recovery and journey to becoming an inspiration to all in her memoir, More Than My Scars. Her book is the latest in a list of impressive accomplishments Kechi has achieved since nearly losing her life in a plane crash at 16.
One of only two survivors of the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash in December 2005, which claimed the lives of 107, Kechi sustained third-degree burns on nearly 65% of her body. She was initially treated at a hospital in South Africa but eventually came to America, where she sought help at Shriners Children’s Texas. There, Kechi underwent more than 100 reconstructive surgeries and extensive physical therapy.
“Shriners gave me my life back,” Kechi recently told a morning talk show based in her hometown. “I view South Africa where they brought me back to life, and Shriners Children’s gave me my independence,” she said. “They gave me everything that meant something.”
During her recovery at Shriners Children’s, Kechi became involved with the hospital’s music therapy program, where she found the confidence to compete and become a finalist on America’s Got Talent.
Kechi is now a recording artist, author and burn survivor advocate, raising awareness for global causes like youth empowerment and bullying prevention. Her involvement in various international organizations, along with her book, have given her a platform to share her story and inspirational message of hope and healing.