Stephanie Nielson's family
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When flames engulfed the plane, Christian was burned on his face and neck, while Stephanie suffered severe burns on more than 80 percent of her body. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, and for the next 10 weeks, doctors kept her in a medically induced coma while they treated her burns.

Stephanie's husband, parents and eight brothers and sisters gathered at her bedside. "The first time we went in, she was totally covered. She looked like a mummy," says her father, Steve Clark. "All you could see was her beautiful eyes that she's always had and her toenails that were painted red."

While Stephanie was in the hospital, there was always someone at her side. Siblings slept on the floor, her mother spoke words of encouragement, and they all prayed for her recovery. "We did everything we could to make it normal and natural, as if she was among us," Steve says.

Then, in November 2008, Stephanie woke up. "I thought, 'Where have I been? What happened?'" she says. "It was very strange."

Stephanie says she had a vision while she was unconscious, and she was given a choice. "[I was] with somebody who told me that I could choose to live and have a hard life, you know, embarrassing at times and painful. Or, I could just stay there, and there's lots of work I could do there too," she says. "But I thought of my children and my husband, and it was easy. An easy choice."
FROM: Oprah Exclusive: Inside the Home of the Florida Massacre
Published on October 07, 2009

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