FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) - "It happened very, very fast," said Kian Cleefman-Castaneda. "There was no time for me to react."
Kian and her children were taking a trip to visit family members just a few weeks ago, when their trip was interrupted.
"I remember just a flash of vehicle right in front of me," said Kian.
Kian and her children were involved in an accident on State Road 39, about 2 miles north of Frankfort.
As a result of the crash, Kian's car burst into flames. She said the clothes she was wearing immediately caught fire.
The driver of the other car, 24-year-old Cassandra Luehrs, was killed in the accident.
"Flames were coming out of the driver's side door, and I remember thinking and yelling out the name of Jesus, and saying, 'Jesus, get me out of this,'" said Kian.
She said the rest was a blur.
After yelling for her 13-year-old son to get the other children out of the car, Kian remembers a helicopter hovering overhead, and asking paramedics one final request.
"I remember looking at them and saying, 'Tomorrow is the anniversary of my two oldest children's father's death,'" said Kian. "They lost their father three years ago, they cannot lose their mother too.'"
Kian was airlifted to Methodist Hospital and later taken to the Wishard Hospital Burn Unit.
Kian suffered burns to nearly 13 percent of her body. Yet, a recovery doctors said should have taken months, has instead taken weeks.
Last Wednesday, Kian was able to come home to her family.
"It feels great to be home," said Kian. "It feels great to be with all of my children."
While Kian's road to recovery is just beginning, she said the lesson she took away from this experience will stick with her forever.
"Don't take those little things for granted," said Kian. "Count every moment as a blessing with your family, because it is. In a moment's notice, it could be taken away."
Kian said she will have weekly check-ups and physical therapy appointments at the Wishard Burn Unit for the next several months.
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