He spent months in the hospital and wasn't able to return home until just a few weeks ago.
And while his road to recovery isn't over yet, Timothy "Tiger" Desjadon, a student at George Rogers Clark High School, has still come a long way.
In May, he suffered severe burns over 60 percent of his body, after trying to escape a fire that broke out in his Clark County home.
On Sunday, five months after the fire, his church, 'Light House Church of God,' in Winchester, held a special service in his honor.
"Just the fact he's alive, we are grateful," said Pastor Ryan Dotson. "Some never thought this day would be possible, but 'Tiger', he's a fighter and he's only going to get stronger."
Following the service, family and friends threw Timothy a birthday party. He just turned 17.
"It's awesome, what a day for our family, but especially for 'Tiger'. We just thank god he's here with us today," said his grandmother, Lorraine Desjadon.
Timothy will undergo surgery soon and continues his physical therapy from home.
Family and friends are working to set up a fund in Timothy's name at the Community Trust Bank in Winchester to help with his medical bills.