Life can change in an instant. For local rapper Tremain "Te3W3Y" Minty-Dodd, life changed twice in a few days. The first, at the promise of a record deal. The second, in the explosive blaze of a fire.
“I heard a bang, and then I couldn’t see anything,” says Minty-Dodd, recalling the events of May 2022.
Minty-Dodd had returned to Winnipeg after a trip to Atlanta, to see friend and ex-Winnipeg Blue Bomber, Maurice Leggett—who is the CEO and Founder of the Almighty Allstars Entertainment record label in Atlanta, the label that signed a record deal with Minty-Dodd.
Minty-Dodd decided to tell his friends the good news at a bonfire.
They couldn't get the flames to catch, so Minty-Dodd decided to use gasoline, something he realizes was dangerous.
That's when Minty-Dodd heard a loud bang and was temporarily blinded.
“It sounded like a gunshot went off beside my head. I felt hot. I realized I was on fire…so I stopped, dropped, and rolled—and kept rolling until the fire went out.”
Minty-Dodd felt warm, but otherwise fine. It wasn’t until he saw his hands, “bleeding more than I had ever seen someone bleed,” that Minty-Dodd realized the severity of the situation.
His friends called 911 and covered Minty-Dodd in wet towels until ambulances arrived.
Minty-Dodd woke up in the Intensive Care Unit at HSC Winnipeg, where he stayed for three days before moving to the GH-5 Surgery Unit which would become his home for nearly four weeks.
35 pecent of his body had varying levels of first-, second-, and third-degree burns, and both of his hands required immediate skin grafts.
Thanks to HSC renowned trauma and burn surgeon, Dr. Sarvesh Logsetty, and Ben, Minty-Dodd’s occupational therapist, who he still sees once a month to prevent loss of function in his hands, Minty-Dodd has been able to return to normal.
“My strength and energy aren’t there yet, but they’re better,” says Minty-Dodd six months after his discharge from HSC.
Through it all, Minty-Dodd turned more and more towards God.
"Being in the hospital helped me find a stronger connection to God,” says Minty-Dodd.
The accident and connection have also led Minty-Dodd to changing his genre of music. Before the accident, Minty-Dodd claims his music was “more like everyone else’s,” and didn’t stand out. Now, he is working in a genre called Gospel Rap.
“It’s not the most popular, but there are a few people who've been pretty successful with this genre, so it’s opening up a lane for me” says Minty-Dodd, who is hopeful for where his record deal will take him.
To help him on his healing journey, and to show his gratitude, Tremain “TR3W3Y” Minty-Dodd produced a song about his time at HSC Winnipeg, which you can listen to here.
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