私は失いました 75% 燃えている車から這う私の肌の – それは私が生きた奇跡です

WHEN she looks at photos of the mangled wreckage of her car, Kylie Benson still can’t believe she escaped from it alive.

The 16-year-old had been driving to see her grandma when she collided with a huge speeding truck which dragged her car down the road, eventually causing it to burst into a fireball.

Kylie Benson, pictured before the crash aged 16

Kylie Benson, pictured before the crash aged 16クレジット: SUNSATIONAL STORIES
Kylie crawled out of the wreckage after the car was crushed by a lorry and burst into flames

Kylie crawled out of the wreckage after the car was crushed by a lorry and burst into flamesクレジット: SUNSATIONAL STORIES

As her seatbelt melted to her body, Kylie’s survival instinct kicked in and she crawled out of the smashed driver door window, before rolling on the grass to put out the flames licking her body.

It was a long road to recovery, with the teenager needing 19 operations to help her recover from 75 per cent third degree burns. She also lost most of her right hand and had to re-learn how to walk, トーク, eat and write.

今 18, カイリー, from Paris, テキサス, hopes to become a burns counsellor and is sharing her inspiring story to help other survivors like her.

It was a cold, damp, foggy October day in 2019 when Kylie got in her car to make the 30-mile trip from her home in Valliant, Oklahoma to her grandma Jan Beene’s house in Spencerville.

Kylie wasn’t worried about the road conditions, having driven there many times.

“At the time I was taking a break from home schooling and I was looking forward to seeing my lovely grandma,” says Kylie.

“Besides being a full-time student, I was a photographer and I was planning to show her some of my pictures.

Kylie was making good time until she drove over the brow of a hillat which point her life changed forever.

Kylie in hospital after the crash

Kylie in hospital after the crashクレジット: SUNSATIONAL STORIES
カイリー (pictured now aged 18) is sharing her story in the hope it inspires other burns victims

カイリー (pictured now aged 18) is sharing her story in the hope it inspires other burns victimsクレジット: SUNSATIONAL STORIES

ほとんどがニュースで読む

マディ容疑者の首長に関する新しい証拠は、捜査官を「ショックを受けた」ままにする

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マディ容疑者の首長に関する新たな証拠により、捜査官は「ショックを受けた」’

Due to the fog, Kylie didn’t see a four-way stop sign until late, at which point she slammed on the brakes. As she did so, a huge truck came careering towards her travelling at 85mph.

The driver didn’t see Kylie and drove over her, wedging her car under its hub.

Kylie recalls: “I screamed, ‘I don’t want to die like this!’ The truck came to a standstill and fell on its left side which caused my car to shoot from under the lorry and across to the other side of the road where it burst into flames.

“It was so weird because I was fairly calm as I sat there with the seat belt melted to my body. I think it must have been the shock.

“I tried to get the seat belt off me and it did give way, so I crawled out of the smashed driver’s door window as the door was crushed, and I walked away on fire.

“It sounds crazy, but I’m not even sure I was aware that I was burning.”

It sounds crazy, but I’m not even sure I was aware that I was burning

Kylie Benson

Seconds after she walked from her crushed, blazing car, a woman pulled over at the side of the road.

Horrified to see Kylie on fire, she told her to roll on the grass to put out the flames.

As she did so, Kylie passed out, and when she woke up she was surrounded by firemen and paramedics.

彼女は思い出します: “I heard a fireman say, ‘It’s going to blow,’ and a split second later, my car blew up – I could feel the vibrations from the blast through the ground and in the air.

“I was so lucky that I wasn’t in it, because I would have died. To this day I still don’t know how the heck I walked out of that mangled, burning car. My guardian angel worked overtime that day!」

20% chance of survival

Kylie was given a 20 per cent chance of survival by doctors

Kylie was given a 20 per cent chance of survival by doctorsクレジット: SUNSATIONAL STORIES
Kylie underwent 19 gruelling surgeries during her recovery

Kylie underwent 19 gruelling surgeries during her recoveryクレジット: SUNSATIONAL STORIES

Kylie was rushed to a burns hospital for specialist treatment.

She was in such a state, barely alive as the doctors peeled off what was left of her clothes.

Her mum Alesha walked into the room crying, and Kylie asked if she wasgoing to see Trista” – her best friend who had sadly taken her own life four months earlier.

Mum didn’t say anything but I knew it was serious by the way she looked at me,” Kylie says.

Doctors told my family if I made it through the night I had a 20 生存のパーセントの可能性. The odds were definitely not in my favour.

Every rib in my body had been broken, a lung had collapsed and my spine was fractured in three placesit was touch and go whether I’d survive

Kylie Benson

“I was put in a coma for two weeks to help my body start to heal.

Every rib in my body had been broken, a lung had collapsed and my spine was fractured in three places.

“I suffered third degree burns over 75 per cent of my body from my forehead to my knees.

It was touch and go for days as to whether I would survive but every day somehow, I got a tiny bit stronger than the day before.

When Kylie woke up, wrapped head to toe in bandages, her step-dad John, who is her best friend and supporter, was sitting beside her.

彼女は思い出します: “All I said was, ‘Dad please don’t leave me again,” and he smiled in relief.

Losing her fingers

あれから, Kylie says life wasabsolute hell”.

Every two days, she was wheeled into a room called The Tank where the bandages were removed and her skin scrubbed.

彼女が言います: “The pain was excruciating despite the pain medicines they gave me. I just had to lie there and take it which was pure torture.

“My doctors started doing more skin grafts. The night of the accident, they had taken skin from my knees and left side to start the slow process. I have never felt pain like it and pray I never do again.”

Kylie was released from hospital after three monthsbut the week before, doctors were forced to amputate the fingers on her right hand from the knuckles down because they were infected.

I just had to lie there and take it which was pure tortureI have never felt pain like it

Kylie Benson

It was another cruel blow to the brave teenager, but she was determined to recover.

After she went home, she had to learn to walk, write and eat again.

“It was like being reborn,” recalls Kylie. “Yet throughout it all, I kept my faith that this all happened for a reason and that gave me some sense of peace, even on the really difficult days when I was frustrated or in pain.

“One of the most difficult things was coming to terms with my scars. For a long time I refused to look at myself in the mirror.

“I felt ugly, like no one would ever want me. But gradually, 後 19 手術, I have also found peace with that too.

“I’ve accepted that I am a different person now and that person is who I was meant to be. I think that my best friend Trista was my guardian angel that day and she saved me to help others.”

後 19 手術, Kylie is attending the University of Phoenix and she’s hoping to eventually become a burns counsellor because she knows first-hand that she can make a big difference.

“People ask me all the time how I can love my life the way that I do after everything I’ve been through.

I tell them I think of all the people who have it worse than me and they inspire me to get up every day.

It’s a miracle I’m alive! I’m incredibly lucky and I hope my story will inspire others to fight for the life that they want.

Kylie had to re-learn how to walk, talk and eat again

Kylie had to re-learn how to walk, talk and eat againクレジット: SUNSATIONAL STORIES
Kylie aspires to become a burns counsellor

Kylie aspires to become a burns counsellorクレジット: SUNSATIONAL STORIES
Brave Kylie knows she can make a difference

Brave Kylie knows she can make a differenceクレジット: SUNSATIONAL STORIES

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