Burn victim shows her scarred pregnant belly

Warning: This article contains graphic images of burn injuries and scars that some readers may find disturbing.

Twenty-four-year-old Andrea Grant of Jacksonville, Florida is a strong young woman who lives her life to the fullest. And that's because this resilient woman survived something in her childhood that was absolutely horrifying.

 

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In 2001, when Andrea was eight years old, she and her brother, two years older, had just come home from school. They were only to be alone for a few minutes because their older sister was also on her way home. But then something terrible happened: there was a gas explosion and the house was engulfed in flames. Neighbors quickly called the fire department and Andrea and her brother were rescued, but both were badly burned.

 

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Because of the severity of their injuries, the children were flown to a hospital in Texas so that they could be cared for by a team of experts. The siblings suffered unimaginable pain. Eighty percent of Andrea's skin was covered in third degree burns.

 

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It was almost a miracle that both children had survived the inferno, but it took a long time until their bodies healed following a long period of rehabilitation and convalescence. Slowly, Andrea fought her way back to regain the life she had had.

 

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He scars would accompany her for the rest of her life, and she made the brave decision that she would never try and hide them.

 

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Doctors had told Andrea that in the event she became pregnant, her baby would likely not survive past four weeks. Her body was simply too damaged.

 

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As it turned out, that wasn't true: Andrea is 37 weeks pregnant. Her baby seems to be thriving and she can hardly wait to be a mother. She proudly shows her belly to the world!

 

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It appears her baby has inherited Andrea's fighting spirit that has protected her in so many ways. She is undoubtably going to be a wonderful mother. Congratulations, Andrea!

 

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