A teenage beauty queen seriously injured in a freak explosion has said she will enter a top contest this weekend despite suffering 25 per cent burns to her face and body.
Plastic surgeons performed three skin graft operations on Lucy Morgan, from Harrogate, after she was seriously injured two months ago.
Her injuries were caused when a can of liquid blew up as she sat with friends around a bonfire, engulfing her in flames.
She may need painkillers and her legs may still be bandaged up but Miss Morgan, 19, confirmed yesterday she will enter the finals of Saturday’s Miss Leeds competition.
She said: “The accident happened just a week after I won my place in the event and, sitting in pain in my hospital bed with my anaesthetised body covered in bandages, I thought it was an impossible dream to take part.
“My world had been turned upside down in an instant.
“I did think about dropping out but I am lucky as it could have been a lot worse - I could have lost my sight.”
And she is now preparing to press ahead with the contest.
“People believe you have to be perfect to take part. But thanks to the amazing skills of the team of doctors and nurses at the regional burns unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield who have overseen the first stages of my recovery, I am going to do it anyway.
“My legs may still be bandaged up, I will be on painkillers, and it might be hard to walk, but I want to give it my best shot - and show that there should be no barriers to being able to live the life you choose and pursuing your goals,” she said.
“I hope other burns victims who are unlucky enough to find themselves in the same situation that I did can find some inspiration from me,” she added.
The winner of the Miss Leeds competition has to demonstrate charity work, take part in a catwalk, do a model photoshoot, and showcase other talents.
The winner of the competition will go on to the grand finals of Miss England in June.