A mother had to be resuscitated four times after an explosion left her face half-burned.
Adriana Lima, 39, suffered terrible burns on her face after her client forgot that she was cleaning with flammable products and turned on the stove.
With 63 percent of her body covered in third-degree burns including her hands, face, legs and arms, she spent the next 24 days in a coma in the intensive care unit.
The business owner from Joinville, southeastern Brazil, was working with her husband David Lima, 37, when a disaster struck in July 2017.
The couple own a cleaning and caulking business and use a flammable product that is used to caulk sofas.
But their client forgot that it was and turned on the gas stove in the apartment they worked in and set the building on fire.
Notably, David suffered only minor burns while Adriana took the full force of the explosion.
She had a lot of adrenaline and initially thought she got out of the accident relatively unscathed, and even helped the apartment owner escape from the smoke-filled rubble.
But only a few minutes later, the mother felt severe pain all over her body and suffered cardiopulmonary arrest, in which both her heart and her lungs began to close.
After the horror incident, Adriana said, “At that moment I thought it was just my hands that were burned, but it was actually a lot worse than I imagined.
“The firefighters who arrived first saw that my case was serious but at the time I was only thinking of my children because they were in the parking lot of the apartment we were working in. I had to make sure they were safe.
“The pain quickly got much worse and, according to the firefighters, minutes later I went into cardiac arrest and was fighting for my life.
“I was resuscitated for over two hours. I inhaled a lot of smoke and sixty-three percent of my body was burned.”
Adriana fought desperately for her life and had to be resuscitated three times on site.
Paramedics took the mother to the hospital in an ambulance, where she had another pulmonary arrest and was resuscitated for the fourth time.
In the intensive care unit, Adriana’s heart swelled, her lungs filled with fluid, and her kidneys were nearly closed, and doctors said her chances of survival were incredibly slim.
After 24 days of unconsciousness, Adriana woke up. But she was confused about why she was in the hospital, convinced that only a day had passed since her accident.
She said, “Somehow I managed to get through. When I woke up I thought it was the day after the accident and was shocked to hear that I had been passed out for so long.
“I didn’t know how to walk, eat or drink, and I spoke very softly because of the intubation, but my willpower to go home and see my boys was so great that they discharged me after just fifteen days in the hospital . “
Adriana admits that she has fallen into a deep depression and worried that her husband will stay with her and that her children will want to be seen with her.
She even considered suicide, but after returning home to the overwhelming love and support of her husband and two sons aged 15 and five, she quickly found that her concerns were unfounded.
Adriana said: “I saw the burns all over my body and no longer accepted myself as a woman. I was ashamed of myself. I was afraid my husband would not want me and my children would be ashamed of me.”
“I had to go through a long emotional process of acceptance. Because of the accident, I fell into a deep depression and just wanted to be locked in a dark room.
“At some point I even thought of suicide, but thank God I got up quickly and came out of the depression.
“I’ve changed the way I see life. I’ve learned to love and accept myself, and today I’m really happy. My trademark is always being happy and smiling, and today I have reason to come back.” smile.”
Adriana is now undergoing skin grafts on her hands to increase movement and relieve the chronic pain she is now suffering from.
But with a family who loves her regardless of her looks, she has no plans for plastic surgery in the future.
Since her accident, the brave mother has set up an Instagram page detailing her recovery journey to show others that, despite her changed appearance, it is possible to live a contented and happy life.
She added, “Today sixty-three percent of my body is healed, but I’m happy. My husband and children love me and that’s all I need.
“I want to show that you don’t have to cover your imperfections with makeup. You are as beautiful as you are.”