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Jan 23, 2013 11:36 AM by Judy Slate - MTN News

Montana explosion victim continues long road to recovery

BOZEMAN - It's been more than four months since Laura Lee Sheehan was critically injured when her house in Harrison exploded.

MTN reporter Judy Slate has been following her recovery at a burn unit in Salt Lake City and talked with her mother about Laura Lee's long road to recovery.

Just last week, Laura took her first steps since the Sept. 2 explosion that left her with burns over 70% of her body and crushed her legs. She's been recovering at the University of Utah Burn Center since the explosion, with her mother Lisa Sheehan at her side.

"She's so happy to be alive, never once said ‘poor me why did this happen to me,' always been very thankful," Lisa said.

She says the skin grafting of Laura Lee's burns is complete, and she has one more surgery planned for later this month to put a rod in her right leg and fuse her right ankle.

But before that happens, she's leaving the hospital on Friday night to go to a George Strait concert.

"When she woke up, and when she started becoming more coherent, we told her about this and she decided that this was going to be her goal, and she was going to get to the concert," Lisa explained.

The next goal for Laura Lee is to get home to Montana. But in the meantime Lisa says her daughter is overwhelmed, and a little embarrassed, by all the support she's been receiving.

"She wants to tell everyone thanks you so much. [It] sure it helped her recovery," Lisa added.

MTN will be traveling to Salt Lake City on Friday, the night she goes to the George Strait concert.

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