Jack had third degree burns to 11 per cent of his body and spent more than a month in hospital.
An incredible operation dressed the wound with fake flesh called Integra, which is made from a mixture of shark cartilage, a protein from cows and silicone.
But Jack was growing faster than his skin.
‘Jack’s skin was so tight it caused him to hunch over,’ explains his mum.
‘Every 18 months the skin was scraped away, artificial flesh was applied, followed by a graft.’
Despite his traumatic accident, Jack’s family have been astonished by their son’s courage.
‘Thankfully he doesn’t remember the accident and hasn’t let it hold him back,' Allissa says.
Jack, now 11, is an Ambassador for Safekids NZ and the Burns Support Group. His father, Paul, is president of the Burns Support Group, and his sister Briana, 18, gave speeches at school about her little brother’s bravery.
‘He’s my inspiration,’ says Allissa, smiling.
Read more of Jack’s story and other amazing real life stories in Issue 4 of that’s life!