Burns survivor vows to return to modelling after explosion left her looking like "Frankenstein's mermaid"
A woman left needing urgent medical care after unintentionally causing an explosion has vowed to continue following her dream of becoming a model.
Twenty-three-year-old Taylor Goodman lit what she thought was a line of diesel in order to burn a pile of trash, not knowing it was actually gasoline she was setting alight.
The medical student from Keota, Oklahoma was mere moments away from death during the explosion. Despite surviving, Goodman was distraught to discover she had been left with very serious burns covering 42% of her body.
Goodman had third-degree burns on her arms and legs and second-degree burns on her face and neck. She was rushed to the hospital where she spent 25 days in the burns unit.
Goodman's inspirational journey to recovery was documented here:
Given how serious her injuries were, the young burns survivor had to go undergo multiple procedures, including two blood transfusions, skin grafts, and three vocal cord surgeries to allow her to speak again.
Goodman was then told if she hadn't have undergone the skin graft surgeries, she would have lost her legs.
Due to the substantial scarring she suffered, she faced severe mobility restrictions. As a result, Goodman had to relearn how to walk in her rehabilitation sessions
"When I woke up I was wrapped like a mummy everywhere," she recalled. "I was unable to talk and in so much pain. I broke down. I couldn’t walk, talk, or use my hands."
"Physical therapy was so painful, as it was stretching all of my scars. I felt like Frankenstein’s mermaid because my legs looked like fish scales to me, like snakeskin and I felt like a monster."
"My self-esteem was at an all-time low, not being able to do the things I used to and not looking the same," she added. "I still don’t see myself the same, but I know I can’t change it, so I live with it and yes I will model again to show other burn survivors that life goes on."
Despite hitting rock bottom as far as her self-confidence is concerned, the brave young woman wants to continue modeling and hopes to show people that it is possible to pick yourself back up again when you've been through an awful ordeal.
To donate to the Go Fund Me page set up to help with Goodman's medical costs, click here.