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Katherine Solorio

"I was married for 22 years and on 11/23/2016 my husband came home from work and while I was lying down, he poured gasoline on me and lit me on fire, as I screamed in agonizing pain and struggled to crawl out, he kicked me down to the floor, I continued to crawl to the door until I looked up and saw a police officer and then passed out. I woke up 15 days later at USC burn center. I have 39 percent of my body had 3rd degree burns and my entire back and left side have skin grafts that were taken from my right side. My scars are hard to look at and even harder for my family. I am grateful to be alive but like anyone I have some bad days. There were many things I would do different if I could but I know that the most important thing is that no matter what you have to get through it life goes on and I want to be part of it so I get up every day saying that to myself. The hardest thing for me was the incredible pain and the scrubbing and dressing change daily..... I prayed, I cried, I tried to breathe, I listened to music, anything to get me out of that moment. And the itching was painful I took Benadryl for it. I think the most important thing to assist in my healing was just being able to talk about it. I have faith and I have hope for the future and that in time things will get better."

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