Melissa Collins

Melissa Collins

Melissa Collins

On January 23, 2017 I was electrocuted and burst into flames by the ark of a high voltage powerline at work 30 feet in the air in a bucket truck. It was the worst day of my life. I was 35 yrs old just enrolled in college to be a electrician. I was doing commercial lighting for Christmas company and we were out of town that day and Sarasota Florida at the mall. It was raining wet and I had no business being up there but the money was so good and I was unaware that the Arc of a powerline could jump 15 ft and hit me. Fortunately I felt no pain as I was getting electrocuted and as I was frozen I watched my body burst into flames and I couldn’t do anything about it but watch my skin melt when it finally dropped me I put the Flames out on my arm and realized my chest was on fire from The Wire bra I thought I was going to die. My harness got welded to the truck I got 3rd degree burns on my arm my chest and my throat I got 2nd degree burns on my stomach and my face. 28000 to 38000 volts hit me and I was on life support for two weeks I was in a coma for 6 days I died four times and surgery once in the helicopter on the way in. I got multiple skin grafts on my arm and chest and they manage to save my face because it was only second degree burn. My life has changed forever I cannot use my arm fully I only have 85% function in it. I have PTSD real bad and I’m scared to plug in anything in now or go near any wires and it’s crazy because I wanted so bad to be an electrician. I still am fascinated by electricity but unfortunately I don’t think I’m able to do it so I feel lost in life now I’m single and I have a major body image problem. I have lots of scars and there’s no support group where I live only an hour and a half away I hate it I got suicidal for several months. And finally a little over a year later I’m slowly getting out of depression. I’m starting to feel like me again so there is hope.