On Dec. 7, trainer Martine Bellocq braved billowing black smoke and encroaching flames in an effort to save her beloved horse, Wild Bill Hickory, at San Luis Rey Downs. In the months that followed, she has braved a whole lot more.
Through burns over 60 percent of her body, a port in her chest, a tracheotomy opening in her neck, three-times-weekly dialysis, eight skin-graft surgeries, and the amputation of her lower left leg, Bellocq and her husband Pierre have remained strong, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.
It took months after the accident for Martine Bellocq to exit her coma, but she has been determined to fight her way back to her horses. Inspired by a one-legged child dancer on television, she has walked as far as 50 feet in physical therapy, and improved to the point of ending her dialysis treatments.
“I want to send a message to people who are burned and handicapped to hang in there and believe everything will be OK,” she said. “There are a lot of people like me who need some help. I wish I could go see those people and talk to them and say, 'Hey, I made it — you can make it, too.'”
Read more at the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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