'My Feet Were Melting Off': Woman Who Survived California Wildfire Relearning to Walk

Credit: KTXL
Published on April 11, 2019 - Duration: 03:32s

'My Feet Were Melting Off': Woman Who Survived California Wildfire Relearning to Walk

It's been five months since the Camp Fire destroyed Paradise and parts of Butte County, California.

While many are still scarred emotionally one Concow woman will deal with physical scars for the rest of her life.

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'My Feet Were Melting Off': Woman Who Survived California Wildfire Relearning to Walk

EASE HER PAIN FOX SPORTS ISEASE HER PAIN FOX SPORTS ISJUST COMMENT SAT DOWN WITHEASE HER PAIN FOX SPORTS ISJUST COMMENT SAT DOWN WITHHILL TO TALK ABOUT HERJUST COMMENT SAT DOWN WITHHILL TO TALK ABOUT HERHILL TO TALK ABOUT HERHARROWING ESCAPE.

TO HELP MEPLEASE THERE'S A SPECIAL BENDA TEAM THAT I HAVE TO HAVE ONMY LIPS TARA HILL SPENDS MOSTMY LIPS TARA HILL SPENDS MOSTDAYS TRYING TO MASK HERDAYS TRYING TO MASK HERWOUNDS.

WE HAVE TO CHANGE.ALL OF THAT TWICE A DAY BUTNO AMOUNT OF GUYS CAN HELPHER RACE THE PAIN.

THIS IS ITHER RACE THE PAIN.

THIS IS ITME I LOOK AT THE MIRROR AND IME I LOOK AT THE MIRROR AND IDON'T SEE ME.

THERE'SDON'T SEE ME.

THERE'SSOMEBODY THERE BUT IT'S NOTSOMEBODY THERE BUT IT'S NOTME FIVE MONTHS AFTER THE CAMPME FIVE MONTHS AFTER THE CAMPFIRE AND SHE'S JUST NOWFIRE AND SHE'S JUST NOWFIRE AND SHE'S JUST NOWGETTING OUT OF A REHAB CENTERGETTING OUT OF A REHAB CENTERMY DAY TO DAY LIFE IS JUSTMY DAY TO DAY LIFE IS JUSTCAN SEEM TO WITH PAIN ANDCAN SEEM TO WITH PAIN ANDCAN SEEM TO WITH PAIN ANDTAKING MEDICATIONS AND THIRDTAKING MEDICATIONS AND THIRDDEGREE BURNS COVER HER LEGSDEGREE BURNS COVER HER LEGSHANDS ARMS AND FEET JUST AHANDS ARMS AND FEET JUST AHANDS ARMS AND FEET JUST AGLIMPSE OF THE TRAUMA SHEHANDS ARMS AND FEET JUST AGLIMPSE OF THE TRAUMA SHEWENT THROUGH ESCAPING CONGLIMPSE OF THE TRAUMA SHEWENT THROUGH ESCAPING CONWENT THROUGH ESCAPING CONCOW.

THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER8TH BLISTERING HEAT SHOOK HIMAWAKE PICKED OUT THE BLINDSAWAKE PICKED OUT THE BLINDSAND THERE WAS FIRE RIGHTAND THERE WAS FIRE RIGHTTHERE SHE YELLED FOR HERTHERE SHE YELLED FOR HERROOMMATE AND TOGETHER THEYTHERE SHE YELLED FOR HERROOMMATE AND TOGETHER THEYRAN OUTSIDE NEITHER HAD AROOMMATE AND TOGETHER THEYRAN OUTSIDE NEITHER HAD AROOMMATE AND TOGETHER THEYRAN OUTSIDE NEITHER HAD ASECOND TO SPARE TO PUT ONRAN OUTSIDE NEITHER HAD ASECOND TO SPARE TO PUT ONSECOND TO SPARE TO PUT ONSHOES OPEN THE DOOR.

THE WINDWAS SO STRONG.

THE DOOR OFWAS SO STRONG.

THE DOOR OFTRAILER SPRINTING TO HERTRAILER SPRINTING TO HERTRAILER SPRINTING TO HERROOMMATES TRUCK WE TRIED TOROOMMATES TRUCK WE TRIED TOROOMMATES TRUCK WE TRIED TOLEAVE BUT THE TRUCK ONLY MADELEAVE BUT THE TRUCK ONLY MADEIT ABOUT 10 15 FEET AND THENIT DIED THE TRUCK ROLLED INTOIT DIED THE TRUCK ROLLED INTOA DITCH OUTSIDE THEIR HOMEIT DIED THE TRUCK ROLLED INTOA DITCH OUTSIDE THEIR HOMETHE PAIR HAD TO CLIMB THROUGHA DITCH OUTSIDE THEIR HOMETHE PAIR HAD TO CLIMB THROUGHA DITCH OUTSIDE THEIR HOMETHE PAIR HAD TO CLIMB THROUGHFLAMES TO GET BACK TOTHE PAIR HAD TO CLIMB THROUGHFLAMES TO GET BACK TOFLAMES TO GET BACK TOTHE ROAD.

IS THAT POINT ILOOKED DOWN AND I SAW MY FEETLOOKED DOWN AND I SAW MY FEETWERE MELTING OFF SO SHE TOOKWERE MELTING OFF SO SHE TOOKOFF RUNNING DOWN KIRBY CREEKOFF RUNNING DOWN KIRBY CREEKROAD BUT THE FLAMES AROUNDROAD BUT THE FLAMES AROUNDROAD BUT THE FLAMES AROUNDHER.

WE'RE JUST TOO MUCH SOHER.

WE'RE JUST TOO MUCH SOHER.

WE'RE JUST TOO MUCH SOSHE RAN TOWARD THE NEARESTHER.

WE'RE JUST TOO MUCH SOSHE RAN TOWARD THE NEARESTCAR STOPPING THERE FORSHE RAN TOWARD THE NEARESTCAR STOPPING THERE FORCAR STOPPING THERE FORPROTECTION.

LYING DOWNBETWEEN TWO CARS ALONGSIDEBETWEEN TWO CARS ALONGSIDEHER ROOMMATE HIS HEAD WAS ONEHER ROOMMATE HIS HEAD WAS ONEWAY AND MINE WAS THE OTHER.

IWAY AND MINE WAS THE OTHER.

ILOOKED OVER AT THE TIME ONLOOKED OVER AT THE TIME ONTHE TRUCK AND THEN I'LL STANDTHE TRUCK AND THEN I'LL STANDWAS RIGHT THERE IN SOMETHINGWAS RIGHT THERE IN SOMETHINGINSIDE ME JUST TOLD ME TOINSIDE ME JUST TOLD ME TOINHALE THE AIR FROM THE DIRE.INHALE THE AIR FROM THE DIRE.INHALE THE AIR FROM THE DIRE.SHE'S NOT SURE HOW LONG THEYSHE'S NOT SURE HOW LONG THEYSHE'S NOT SURE HOW LONG THEYWERE THERE.

BUT THE PAIN OFWERE THERE.

BUT THE PAIN OFWERE THERE.

BUT THE PAIN OFHER BURNS MEET IT FEEL LIKEHER BURNS MEET IT FEEL LIKEHER BURNS MEET IT FEEL LIKEOURS.

WE STARTED KICKINGOURS.

WE STARTED KICKINGTOGETHER TO MAKE SURE WE WERETOGETHER TO MAKE SURE WE WEREBOTH STILL ALIVE.

LAST TIME IBOTH STILL ALIVE.

LAST TIME IBOTH STILL ALIVE.

LAST TIME IKICKED AND WE DIDN'T KICKKICKED AND WE DIDN'T KICKBACK.

REMEMBER A FEW MORETIMES.

THERE WAS NOTHING WHENTIMES.

THERE WAS NOTHING WHENHE'LL HAD ALL BUT GIVEN UPHE'LL HAD ALL BUT GIVEN UPHOPE OF RESCUE.

SHE HEARDTHE CRUNCHING OF GRAVEL AND ITHE CRUNCHING OF GRAVEL AND IKNOW THERE WAS A FIRE TRUCKKNOW THERE WAS A FIRE TRUCKAND IT IS I YELLED AT THE TOPOF MY LUNGS.

DON'T LEAVE ME.OF MY LUNGS.

DON'T LEAVE ME.FIREFIGHTERS RUSH TO HER SIDEFIREFIGHTERS RUSH TO HER SIDEFIREFIGHTERS RUSH TO HER SIDELOADING HER INTO THEIR TRUCKFIREFIGHTERS RUSH TO HER SIDELOADING HER INTO THEIR TRUCKDRIVING HER OUT OF THE CAMPLOADING HER INTO THEIR TRUCKDRIVING HER OUT OF THE CAMPDRIVING HER OUT OF THE CAMPFIRE.

IT WAS TOO LATE TO SAVEHER ROOMMATE I REMEMBER EVERYBOMB EVERY TURN.

AND THE PAINBOMB EVERY TURN.

AND THE PAINTHAT WENT ALONG WITH IT WHENTHAT WENT ALONG WITH IT WHENTHEY FINALLY REACHED ANTHEY FINALLY REACHED ANAMBULANCE EVERYTHING TURNEDAMBULANCE EVERYTHING TURNEDTO DARKNESS FOR HELP.

SHEWOKE UP AT UC DAVIS MEDICALWOKE UP AT UC DAVIS MEDICALCENTER.

TWO MONTHS LATERCENTER.

TWO MONTHS LATERCENTER.

TWO MONTHS LATERDOCTORS HAD PUT HER IN ADOCTORS HAD PUT HER IN AMEDICALLY INDUCED COMA AFTERMEDICALLY INDUCED COMA AFTERUNDERGOING MULTIPLE SURGERIESUNDERGOING MULTIPLE SURGERIESUNDERGOING MULTIPLE SURGERIESSHE IS NOW WORKING TOSHE IS NOW WORKING TOSHE IS NOW WORKING TORELEARNED THE BASICS BUT IRELEARNED THE BASICS BUT IWILL WALK AGAIN THEY PUSHMYSELF EVERY DAY HOPING ONEMYSELF EVERY DAY HOPING ONEDAY TO MEET THE FIREFIGHTERSDAY TO MEET THE FIREFIGHTERSDAY TO MEET THE FIREFIGHTERSWHO SAVED HER LIFE FACE TOWHO SAVED HER LIFE FACE TOFACE WITH ME I LOOK AT HOME.THANK YOU.

THEY HADN'T SHOWNTHANK YOU.

THEY HADN'T SHOWNIT WHEN THEY DID I PROBABLYIT WHEN THEY DID I PROBABLYIT WHEN THEY DID I PROBABLYWOULD HAVE DIED HE'LL KNOWWOULD HAVE DIED HE'LL KNOWWOULD HAVE DIED HE'LL KNOWSHE'LL KERRY BOTH EMOTIONALSHE'LL KERRY BOTH EMOTIONALSHE'LL KERRY BOTH EMOTIONALAND PHYSICAL SCARS FROM THISAND PHYSICAL SCARS FROM THISWILDFIRE FOR THE REST OF HERWILDFIRE FOR THE REST OF HERLIFE BUT SHE'S GRATEFUL.

SHELIFE BUT SHE'S GRATEFUL.

SHELIFE BUT SHE'S GRATEFUL.

SHEHAS A LIFE TO LIVE.

DOES THISLIFE BUT SHE'S GRATEFUL.

SHEHAS A LIFE TO LIVE.

DOES THISGET UP EVERY DAY IS AHAS A LIFE TO LIVE.

DOES THISGET UP EVERY DAY IS AGET UP EVERY DAY IS A

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