One of the biggest steps in her road to recovery, as well as a “Christmas gift to herself,” happened on Dec. 25, 2020 — the last of Eniyah’s xenografts came off. A xenograft is a temporary skin graft substitute, or dressing, that is used on patients to cover their burns, allowing their own skin time to heal.
Due to her surgery and appointments, Eniyah missed a lot of school, but she finished the semester and 11th grade on time. This summer, she started her first job.
Zakiya said watching Eniyah overcome all of these obstacles and seeing everything she has accomplished makes her an extremely proud mother.
“She got great care and that was kind of the saving grace,” Zakiya said. “Everyone was super nice, super helpful, super accommodating … I was really, really grateful for that.”
As a graduate of Florida State University, Zakiya and her daughter constantly joked about being at the “Gators hospital.” However, Eniyah’s mother happily and publicly pronounces that she loves UF Health Shands, the phenomenal nurses in the burn clinic and all of the other employees who supported her family throughout this experience.
“We wouldn’t be as far along in this journey, and we wouldn’t have had such a great experience had we gone anywhere else,” Zakiya said.