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March 21, 2014

But I could say nothing. As he lifted me into his arms and carried me back uphill, I realized that my face had been burned. I could barely move my mouth, my throat felt charred, and it hurt to breathe. The front of my body and both arms were bleeding. And my eyes! The fire had obliterated them. I could see nothing, only feel the stinging breeze and the movement of his steps. Soon, as he slowed down and turned, I felt the coolness of air-conditioning. Heard others around me.

"Take her upstairs," Katie said. "Place her in a bedroom."