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Fire survivor recovering four years later

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email

INEZ, Ky. (WYMT) - Four years ago, a grandmother died after saving her six grandchildren during a fire in Martin County. One of the survivors has been on a long road to recovery.

It was the week before Christmas back in 2008 when a house fire claimed the life of Betty Luster as she saved her six grandchildren who were also in the home. The fire has left both physical and emotional scars for the family, especially for 13-year-old, Brittany Luster, who was left fighting for her life after the fire.

Brittany's mother, Mary Luster explains, "She was on a ventilator for 31 days." When Brittany woke up, her mother says the sheer reality sank in as she said, "Mamaw is gone, and I said yes baby she is gone but we have still got you, you're our little angel."

Brittany suffered burns on 57% of her body causing her to need frequent treatments and surgeries at Shriner's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. "Every two to three months we go up for more surgery," says Luster.

Luster says they will continue their visits to Boston every 12 weeks until Brittany is 21 years old. While Brittany's family says it has been a hard and long road of recovery, they say they are thankful because they know it could be much worse. Mary Luster explains, "The Shriner's Hospital has been really good, I wouldn't trade it for the world, if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have her today."

Brittany is thankful for the support, "Thank everybody that prayed for me and everybody that still is praying for me." As she continues to fight for the life her grandmother saved.

Brittany has a major surgery at the end of this month and the family is asking for continued prayers and support.


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