Burn Survivor Learns to Accept Her Appearance

When Nancy was 15 she began dating a 19-year-old man, and the two were involved in a troubled relationship for four years.

“He always was able to charm me and lure me back into the relationship, because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings,” Nancy recalls.

When her boyfriend was arrested on charges of stealing computers, Nancy saw an opportunity to end the relationship for good. She agreed to go out to dinner with him one last time before he was to go to jail. After dinner, he dropped her off at her house, and the next thing Nancy remembers is waking up with her bed in flames.

Later, she woke up in the hospital wrapped in bandages. She suffered severe burns on her nose, mouth, neck and down her torso. Nancy, who is now 30, had to wear a compression mask on her face for a year and has had about 20 surgeries.

Nancy’s sister, Maria, explains that it was difficult for Nancy to recover from each surgery, so she decided to stop and try to move on with her life.

“I made peace with how I look,” Nancy says.

But, Nancy says, she loved how her lips looked before the fire and wishes she could somehow restore their appearance.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says The Doctors previously featured a burn survivor who became a cosmetic tattoo specialist dedicated to restoring confidence and pigment in the skin of burn survivors. He says when she heard Nancy’s story, she wanted to help. Basma tells Nancy how much her story has touched her and that she’d be happy to perform the procedure to reconstruct her lips free of charge.

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