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Dana Truitt Released from Hospital


OCEAN CITY, Md.- It's been a month and three days since Dana Truitt, 42, last looked into a mirror. Dana said she can't stand to see what she now looks like.

"I still will not look at it," said TruittI. "'I'll go to the bedroom, wash my hands but I won't look at my face. I'm not ready yet."

She fears the scars and bandages will remind her of November 26th.

"When he walked in, when he grabbed me and when I was fighting to get out the door," said Truitt. "It played in my head while I was sleeping."

Dana said nightmares like those make it hard for her to move on.

"I can forgive but I can't forget," said Truitt.

She said she can't forget the excruciating pain, when her eyes were swelled shut, and her face, shoulder, back and arms were covered in third-degree burns. Dana said doctors believed she wouldn't make it. But she did and now she's back home recovering.

"As soon as I saw the front door, I started crying even more," said Truitt. "Just knowing I was home again made me emotional. I have fought to stay alive just to come home and I did."

After five surgeries and about 50 hours of physical therapy, Dana is back on her feet and her road to recovery isn't a lonely one. Dana's fiance Charles is with her every step of the way.

"He takes my bandages off," said Truitt. "He takes office yellow piece here. And washes my face real good for me. He put my medicine on my face and then you put all of this back on."

Doctors said it could take Dana two years to fully recover, which means two more years of medical bills.

"Who keeps that type of money on them," said Truitt. " I never did have that much money laying around."

She already has more than $50,000 in medical bills but said every dime is worth it as she recovers from that fire just over a month ago.

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