Meet Jamie Nash
One careless moment was all it took. For just one second, Jamie Nash took her eyes off the road and looked down at her phone. And in the moments that followed, her car swerved, flipped over and was engulfed in flames.
“I don’t remember getting burned,” Jamie said. “So that’s a blessing.”
The accident left Jamie with burns over more than 70 percent of her body, sparing only her face and front torso. Her arms were burned to the bone. Her Achilles tendon had been completely severed by the flames.
“Look at me,” she said. “And for what? All those LOLs and OMGs? It’s not worth it.”
Even though Jamie survived this horrific event, she still had a fight on her hands. Jamie spent the next six months in Parkland’s Burn Acute Care Unit, the second largest civilian burn unit in the nation, and one of only 60 hospitals to maintain Burn Center Verification status through the American Burn Association. The hospital’s caring staff scrubbed the burns to remove dead tissue, an agonizing process that allowed new skin to be exposed.
In all, Jamie endured more than two dozen surgeries, primarily skin grafts. After she was released from the hospital, she returned twice a week for wound care and therapy.
Jamie still has a long way to go to regain full use of her arms, but this hasn’t stopped her. She started her own organization, the Jamie Nash TXT L8R Foundation, which reminds people of the dangers of texting and driving.