A Freak Accident Left Me Scarred!
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Alicia says she was in her backyard plucking her eyebrows while using a magnifying mirror when a freak accident occurred. She says the reflection of the sun bounced off the mirror and hit her shirt and she burst into flames. She tried to remove her flaming shirt, but it had begun melting. She then dropped to the ground and rolled to extinguish the flames and then went into the shower and doused the burn with cold water.
"I could smell my skin burning and my hair burning... it was one of the scariest things I have ever been through in my life. I didn't know if I was going to die," she says.
She spent 18 days in the hospital with third-degree burns on her neck and second and third-degree burns on her chest. She underwent multiple surgeries and skin grafts.
Though she survived the horrific accident, Alicia tells The Doctors that each time she dresses and sees her scars she feels anger and sadness. "I feel like a freak... I don't feel beautiful," she says. Her husband Joseph says, "I'm constantly telling her that she is nothing but beautiful, inside and out." Alicia goes on to explain that she feels the need to always cover up her burn and that her daughter does not feel comfortable touching her scars.
While she feels vulnerable coming to the show and showing her scars, she says she's hoping to help prevent an accident like this from happening to anyone else. "Had I known that this was even possible, maybe I wouldn't be sitting here," she says. Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho commends Alicia for coming forward to share her story and encourages her and Joesph to change the negative talk surrounding the incident and move forward.
Watch the video below to find out what treatments plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon and dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra suggest could help with Alicia's scars. The Doctors contacted Dr. Steven Peine from the Surgical Dermatology & Laser Center in her hometown, who has offered to provide the treatments at no cost to her.