How and why did the stunningly, gorgeous Mom, pictured above, become homeless?
It appears that she has everything going for her in the photo but she battled to reclaim her life. Her husband left her and her daughter with no income and a $2 million bill!
People stare and think of her as a walking monster. What brought on all of this for Courtney Waldon and her daughter Caroline?
Courtney, Caroline, and her husband of Tallapoosa, Georgia were camping on September 30, 2016. She and her husband were sitting by the campfire when it started to go out. Her husband decided to pour gasoline on the fire pit to get it going again, but it shot way up into the sky. Suddenly, Courtney was covered in flames! She screamed and rolled on the ground. Then she ran for the water hose. She said it was the worst pain she ever felt! And screamed for her husband to call an ambulance.
This left her with burns over 40% of her face and body. She was in the hospital for 51 days receiving several skin grafts. Courtney and her husband separated leaving her and her daughter with no money because he couldn’t handle her anymore. She also had medical bills of over $2 million which caused them to become homeless.
Courtney also had to go through people constantly staring at her and making cruel remarks about her burn scars. She said she is stronger than those people that made those remarks because she went through being burned and needs to live with it daily. She said they wouldn’t be able to make it through what she had and has gone through. She says she is a much stronger person for doing so.
She was in a medically induced coma for a month and had limited mobility because of the burns. She said the first time she saw herself in the mirror she got sick and almost fainted. Courtney had to learn to walk again as well as how to do everything else. Her daughter has been helping her most of the way.
Courtney has been pushing herself hard to make things better for herself and Caroline with the help of God and her supportive family.
She also hopes her story can help others get through traumatic life events such as her own and know that everything will be OK in the end.
Her family and community just gave her a major boost by building her and Caroline a new home. The community chipped in along with her family to pay for the house.
Pastor Jon Ellis, of Refuge Ministries of West Georgia, says that Courtney can focus more on a full recovery and her daughter, now that she will have a house to live in. The worry of a where she and Caroline would live had been lifted from her shoulders.
Courtney will have to go through 12 more surgeries since being in the ICU. Each surgery costs $11,000. Courntney and her family have a Go Fund Me account for donations.