Mother of woman set on fire: "God has given her a do-over" | News
TAMPA, Florida -- Megan Kimbrough hasn't regained her voice since she was set on fire in August, but she makes herself heard through mouthing words.
"She wants her story to be known," says her mother, Teresa Hughes. "She says God has given her a do-over."
On Thursday, Megan went through her 12th surgery at Tampa General Hospital. It lasted seven hours, and involved placing skin on her body, with each segment about the size of a postage stamp. Yesterday's surgery is expected to be her last at TGH. After going through therapy, her family will take her back to Washington State.
Each postage-stamp sized skin graft used in her surgeries costs $10,000. A page has been set up to accept donations that will go entirely to Megan's treatment. A field day-themed fundraising event is also taking place on Oct. 20 in Apollo Beach for her, and her family frequently posts updates on the Megan's Outreach Facebook page.
It's been two months since Lakeland Police say the 26-year-old was lit on fire by her husband, Joshua, who is then accused of going on a crime spree through the city.
He is still behind bars with a pre-trial hearing later this month. Megan is still healing with her life changed forever; 80 percent of her body was burned.
"I would like for people to see this story and know that - don't let it happen to them. She thought it would be okay and that it would work out, and here we are," Hughes says.
Even where Megan is, she's still feisty, funny, and strong, with help from a new friend and fellow survivor.
"My goal with her family was just to give them hope and to give them insight into a world that they had never really existed in before," says Audrey Mabrey.
Until three years ago, Mabrey hadn't existed in that world either. But in November 2009, her husband beat her with a hammer and poured gas on her at their Apollo Beach home. Then, he set her on fire.
So when Audrey heard what happened to Megan, she knew she could help.
"Every fiber of me wanted to run and be right next to her bed," Mabrey says.
And that's where she has been every day for the last two months, a blessing Megan's family couldn't have done without.
"You have embraced our family and it means a lot," Hughes told Mabrey while talking with 10 News. "And my daughter loves you."
If this tragedy had to happen to her daughter, Hughes hopes maybe it can help other people. Maybe it already has.
"She's an amazing young woman to be able to go through what she's gone through and the pain that she deals with every day," she says.