Little Boy Zero

A lot of kids dream of having a bronze statue of themselves in the town square one day, but Edgar Hernandez probably didn't expect to achieve his in such a dubious method:

In 2009, the boy, from the poor village of La Gloria, became "Patient Zero", the first known person to catch H1N1, the deadly swine flu virus. While the strong and healthy boy survived the virus, 14,000 people worldwide were not so lucky.

The statue is based on the famous Mannequin Pis in Belgium, but fortunately for young Edgar's future dignity, he remains fully clothed. In his right hand, he clutches a toad, representing one of the seven deadly plagues wreaked upon the Pharoah and his people. Edgar's mother, Maria del Carmen Hernandez Perez, insists that her son likes the statue. Meanwhile, the state government is working hard to promote the statue, which it hopes will become a major draw for the rural town.

From Atlas Obscura, one of my favorite website to find the weirdest and most wonderful places on Earth: Link


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