Thursday, August 16, 2007

Nurse. Lye attack victim. Clinging onto life

THETFORD, Vt. (AP) -- Two months after she was maimed in a lye attack, Carmen Tarleton continues her fight for life.

Family members and friends, meanwhile, pray for her recovery from what one doctor called "the most horrific injury a human being could suffer."

Burned over 80 percent of her body when her estranged husband allegedly doused her with the chemical, she has undergone more than 16 skin graft operations and has more to come.

Now blind, with one ear burned off and another damaged, the 39-year-old nurse and mother of two remains in the intensive care unit of the burn center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, heavily sedated and unable to speak.

Hospital officials won't release her condition, but family members say it is critical, although her vital signs are stable. Doctors are optimistic about Tarleton's chances for an eventual cornea transplant that could restore her sight, but that's months away.

"It's pretty gruesome," said her father, Joe Blandin, 64, of Fairlee. "The best case scenario is Carmen's never going to be the same again. But we're hoping that there'll be enough quality of life."

Link to Ms. Tarleton's website.

How horrible! Words cannot express my anger and anguish!
Please support her in any way you can!

Thank You!

- Spook

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