A mother from Georgia with no sustainable income faces $2 million in medical debt after her husband abandoned her and her daughter due to a campfire accident that left the mom with critical burns across her body and face.
Courtney Waldon, 27, of Tallapoosa, was injured when her husband poured gasoline on a campfire and was engulfed by the burning hot flames.
“When he put the gas on it, the fire shot up and next thing I know I was in gold shivering flames,” Waldon stated.
“I was just going crazy. I did just stop, drop and rolled and screamed. I didn’t know what to do so I ran towards the water hose,” she recalled.
Waldon recovered in an ICU burn unit for 51 days. Shortly after she was released, her husband left.
Waldon has come a long way since her horrific accident. However, she only has limited mobility in her hands and has had to relearn simple tasks, like how to feed herself.
Waldon fears she’ll never be able to go back to work and was forced to give up her home so that she could pay off her medical bills and support Caroline, her 5-year-old daughter.
But she found support in her local church- which pitched in to buy her a new home.
“I believe that the home is going to not only give a peace of mind to but it’s one less thing to worry about as she is moving to her rehabilitation,” said Pastor Jon Ellis, 43, from Refuge Ministries of West Georgia.
“She can spend time dreaming about what she is going to be and where she wants to go in life and not have to worry about paying bills,” he said.
Waldon is currently working with a physical therapist and is making progress slowly but surely.
“I get stared at constantly like I am a monster. People just make rude comments. But it’s okay. I am stronger than they are. I get through it,” she said.
“I have been managing to get my life back by just pushing to make myself better and stronger for myself and my daughter,” she added.
Waldon hopes her story will help others in traumatic situations to have the strength to get back on track.
Luckily, Waldon has the support of her community and her mother, Karen Cosper, who launched a GoFundMe page to help her raise money to pay for her enormous medical bills. The page is just a few thousand dollars short of Cosper’s $40,000 goal.
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