A woman from the United Kingdom is lucky to be alive after she snapped a selfie just moments before the hot air balloon she was in struck a power line.
Rebecca Fry, 22, was taking a ride in a hot air balloon last May when the balloon struck power cables 50 feet above the ground.
Fry spent the better part of the next year recovering from severe burns she suffered from the accident.
“I’d just finished taking a selfie when I noticed we were heading towards what looked like a telephone pole,” she said in an interview published Friday.
“I was trying to scream but I couldn’t open my mouth as the electricity was pressing my teeth together,” Fry said. “I looked down at my legs and they looked like cooked chicken because the skin all hanging off. My leggings were burnt off and melted into my body.”
“I thought I was going to die,” she said. “My body became numb and I thought ‘I’m on fire.’”
Conservative Tribune reports:
Fry was the only passenger. The 64-year-old pilot next to her was not injured, according to The Sun.
The balloon crash-landed in a field. Fry managed to call her parents, who sent paramedics to the scene.
She was airlifted to a hosptial in Birmingham, England, where she spent four weeks in a special unit for burn victims. Nurses there had to cut blisters off her body with scissors before they could treat the burns.
Fry said the accident completely changed her perspective on life.
“Things have changed for me, and I have come to accept that,” Fry said. “Things that weren’t important to me before, are now and I am treasuring every moment of life.”