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IN People ON 11 Feb, 2016
Jane Healy, 56, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent was burned in a campfire accident at the age of 9. She lost her ears and breasts in the tragedy. Her neck got completely merged with her chest. While there is news of depressed mothers such as the one who killed her daughters, this courageous mother managed to survive after getting burnt from campfire stove and set an amazing example for other such victims.
The mother had spent her childhood in the hospital and undertook several skin grafts. But the audacious lady didn't lose hope and prepared a scar cream for other victims.
At the age of 9, a camping stove combusted on her face due to which the pyjamas she was wearing got melted to her skin.
Ms Healy almost died after the campfire accident which occurred in 1969. Fortunately, she overcame the wounds after several years of the tragedy.
She has established a new business of scar cream with her 25-year-old daughter Laura.
She has created a moisturizer called Sea Crème which is a mixture of sea salt, carrot seed oil, and beeswax. The courageous mother made this unique discovery after realizing that her scars get softer after taking a dip in the sea.
She explained: 'It's been a long journey getting here, and I want to show people there is life after scars. As a teen, I had no confidence because of my burns, and I don't want others to go through that. If someone told my childhood self I would be the one to improve my skin and one day I would own a business; I'd never have believed it. To turn my horrific ordeal into something positive is amazing - I'm so proud of myself.'
She further added: 'It was really tough. I didn't have the childhood and teenage years other girls did because I spent so much time in a hospital. The scars were big, tight and red, and I felt so aware of the markings on my face.'
She said: 'We went to a lot of family seaside holidays, and when I swan in the sea, my burns seemed to fade and become softer. Over time I became convinced it was the saltiness of the sea that was improving my skin. When I told doctors my theory about the sea, they would ignore me and prescribe E45 cream to soothe the burns. But the truth is nothing ever made me skin feel as soft as the sea did.'
She said: 'It was hard to accept the way my face and body had become unrecognizable, and even harder to imagine living the rest of my life with the scars.'
She developed Sea Crème with the help of scientists at Star Laboratory. The cream can be used on normal and wounded skin as well. Ms Healy was the first one to try her product and still uses it today. She exclaimed: 'My skin was softer and less tough and taut. I knew I was onto a winner.'