Woman disfigured by campfire accident rebuilds her life, stays strong for 5-year-old daughter

Courtney Waldon and her 5-year-old daughter, Caroline (YouTube / Barcroft Media)

Courtney Waldon, a 27-year-old woman who suffered extensive fourth degree burns after a campfire accident, says that she hopes to become an advocate for people who have endured other traumatic incidents.

“Whether it be burns, a car wreck or even if it’s just that someone’s husband cheated on them,” Waldon recently told People. “That’s my goal.”

The tragic incident occurred in September 2016, when Waldon’s husband poured gasoline over a campfire. “[S]ome of it got on her body,” People writes. “The next thing she knew she was engulfed in flames.”

Waldon was in an induced coma for 30 days, and stayed in the hospital for 51 days. Upon her return home, Waldon faced yet another blow: Her husband left her two weeks after she was released from the hospital.

Waldon told People that she has persisted through the heartbreak and pain for the sake of her 5-year-old daughter, Caroline. “She’s the reason I live,” Waldon said.

The injuries that Waldon sustained may prevent her from ever working again and her medical bills have climbed over $2 million. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Waldon and Caroline. For more on Waldon’s heartbreaking story and how she is rebuilding her life, watch the video below.

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