The requesting teacher, 29, who suffered horrific burns, asked her husband before he was put into a coma
A primary school teacher who suffered horrific burns after waking up in a campfire remembers the heartbreaking plea she made to her husband before she was put into a coma.
Halie Tennant, 29, from Hotspur, Victoria, fought for her life for months after falling asleep in a fire on May 30 during a spontaneous camping trip with a friend.
When she woke up to discover Halie face down in the flames, her boyfriend ripped her out and the couple drove the half mile back home, where Halie’s husband Mathew kept her calm and put her face under a cold running tap.
Halie Tennant, 29, of Hotspur, Victoria, has revealed the heartbreaking request she made to her husband Mathew after suffering horrific burns to her face during a camping trip on May 30. They are depicted on their wedding day on the Hotspur jetty
Pictured: Halie Tennant’s skin grafts four days after surgery during a dressing change
While they waited for the paramedics to arrive, Halie asked the love of her life to make her a promise.
“I don’t remember any pain,” she said.
‘I [just] remember when you asked Mathew to love me no matter what and he said yes. ‘
An ambulance and a Medevac helicopter were called to their home, and Halie was rushed to The Alfred Hospital, where she was placed in IC because of the severity of her injuries.
Doctors then put Halie in a coma for eight days and she was taken to the burns ward to begin her path to recovery.
Halie spent two and a half months in the hospital and underwent six surgeries, including the removal of damaged skin and skin grafts on the face, neck, eyelids, and mouth.
The educator barely remembers getting into the fire, but remembers falling asleep next to it in her camping chair.
Halie said she couldn’t remember pain, but ‘I remember asking Mathew to love me no matter what and he said yes’
Halie with bandages on her eyelids after surgery to add more skin grafts to her eyelids that had been in so much contact that they couldn’t close
Her friend, who had fallen asleep in her swag, was awakened by a strange murmuring noise and the shocking sight of Halie lying head forward in the campfire, trying not to move.
“My girlfriend heard a strange noise and before she even saw what she saw, she was out of bed and running over to me,” Halie said.
“I was standing with my face in front of our campfire and made no attempt to get out.”
Halie believes the chair must have been tilted when she fell on the fire.
Halie’s friend jumped in and pulled her out of the fire, possibly saving her life, and poured ice cold water over her terribly burnt face to cool it down.
Halie’s face was covered with bandages for six weeks after the accident on May 30
Halie was in a coma for eight days due to the severity of her injuries after burning her face
After her series of operations and time in the hospital, she has made good progress.
But the healing process has not been without its problems.
“I was released from the hospital for a week and a half and had to be re-admitted because my eyelids didn’t touch,” she said.
Once this was resolved, the surgeons looked at me again as we were getting ready to discharge and called my mouth to reoperate because it was contracted so badly that it couldn’t open enough to eat anything from a fork or spoon .
Covid was the hardest part of my recovery, I really missed my family and friends. When I was in the ICU, I was only allowed to visit a visitor for one hour a day, so Mathew, my mom, and my dad took turns with me.
Halie did exercises to stretch out her mouth that had contracted after the accident
Halie spent two and a half months in the hospital and underwent six surgeries, including the removal of damaged skin and skin grafts on the face, neck, eyelids and mouth (pictured with husband)
‘The hardest part was losing my identity, I am not a vain person, but your face and its features are important in how you recognize yourself. It’s hard not to know who you are anymore.
“ The only comment I got out of the hospital in person was a guy walking by and he told me ‘you look like a zombie’ and kept walking. ”
Still, Halie is grateful for the abundance of support she has received from people who wish online soon, her family and husband Mathew, and she certainly tries to find all the positive in the incredibly difficult situation she finds herself in.
“My biggest supporter should be my rock, my husband, Mathew, followed by my best friends, parents and my own personal cheerleaders in the exotica tribe Facebook group,” she said.
Halie with her sister-in-law, who raised money for a leukemia charity prior to her accident
‘You all helped me and kept me positive, smiling and honest, thank you millions of times.
‘I can’t work, I can’t drive at the moment, but I have a better outlook on life.
Since my accident, I have chosen to seek help and work through my problems rather than ignore them. This has become a quest for silver liners. Being positive and feeling and acknowledging my feelings.
‘I see my accident as a wake-up call, a second chance to do better, get better and take better care of me.’
Halie and Mathew drive home after being released from the hospital for the second time