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Aspiring Model Suffers Severe Burns After Bathroom Catches Fire

Aspiring model after severe burns and several reconstructive surgeries

At age 22, Feride Buch was pursuing a modeling career. But on a summer day in 1995, her life took a tragic turn.

While walking on the beach, Feride stepped on a piece of glass that cut her foot. She rushed home to clean the cut with rubbing alcohol. She accidentally spilled the flammable liquid on her hair, shower curtain and towel, but didn’t think much of it.

“I was in rush. I needed to get ready for work,” Feride said. “But before jumping in the shower, I decided to light up a cigarette.”

Instantly, her small bathroom was engulfed in flames. Her hair, shower curtain and towels caught on fire. Feride suffered severe burns to 80 percent of her body. She was rushed to the UM/Jackson Burn Center at Ryder Trauma Center, where she spent weeks in a medically-induced coma.

Over the next three years, Feride underwent more than 40 skin grafts and several reconstructive surgeries.

“I consider my doctors and nurses at Ryder Trauma family,” said Feride. “They were fighting for me when I was sleeping. They believed in me when I couldn’t.”

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