Teenager who suffered serious burns over 45 per cent of her body after a gas leak explosion is crowned her high school prom queen two years on

  • Kilee Brookbank lit a candle, sparking a fireball during a gas leak in 2014
  • More than 45 per cent of body was burned, multiple skin grafts left scars 
  • Her boyfriend stayed throughout 38 days in hospital, months of recovery
  • They went to senior prom in Ripley, Ohio, where she was prom queen
  • Brookbank said she was unsure she ever wanted to wear a dress again
  • Wore cap-sleeve gown to prom, baring arms in inspiring act of confidence 

A teenager who suffered serious burns over 45 per cent of her body proudly bared her scars to accept her prom queen crown earlier his month.

Kilee Brookbank was home alone in Georgetown, Ohio, when a gas leak explosion in November 2014 burned the skin from her arms, back, legs, face and stomach.

But Brookbank, 17, was grateful to be alive and fought through the recovery process, wearing a cap-sleeve gown at prom in an inspiring act of confidence.

Kilee Brookbank (pictured) was home alone in Georgetown, Ohio, when a gas leak explosion in November 2014 burned the skin from her arms, back, legs, face and stomach
She was crowned prom queen earlier this month

Kilee Brookbank was home alone in Georgetown, Ohio, when a gas leak explosion in November 2014 burned the skin from her arms, back, legs, face and stomach. She was crowned prom queen earlier this month

Brookbank, who had skin grafts on the entirety of her two arms, (pictured) was grateful to be alive and fought through the recovery process, wearing a cap-sleeve gown at prom in an inspiring act of confidence

Brookbank, who had skin grafts on the entirety of her two arms, (pictured) was grateful to be alive and fought through the recovery process, wearing a cap-sleeve gown at prom in an inspiring act of confidence

There was a gas leak in the house when Brookbank unknowingly lit a candle, sparking a fireball that engulfed her body. She spent 38 days in the hospital and underwent several surgeries and months of physiotherapy

There was a gas leak in the house when Brookbank unknowingly lit a candle, sparking a fireball that engulfed her body. She spent 38 days in the hospital and underwent several surgeries and months of physiotherapy

She awoke shortly after the explosion to her dog Digger barking, and ran out of the house (pictured) while she was still on fire. Neighbors rushed to throw buckets of water over the high school student and called 911

She awoke shortly after the explosion to her dog Digger barking, and ran out of the house (pictured) while she was still on fire. Neighbors rushed to throw buckets of water over the high school student and called 911

There was a gas leak in the house when Brookbank unknowingly lit a candle, sparking a fireball that engulfed her body.

'As soon as I lit the candle, I could feel heat on my body. I didn't know what was happening, but I could feel heat,' she told Inside Edition.  

She awoke moments later to her dog Digger barking, and ran out of the house while she was still on fire.

Neighbors rushed to throw buckets of water over the high school student and called 911 before notifying her parents. 

After 38 days in the hospital, multiple surgeries and months of physiotherapy, Brookbank made an astounding recovery.

She said: 'I felt lucky because I could have been hurt a lot worse.

'I never really thought I'd want to be in a dress again. I just didn’t think I’d be comfortable in my own body,' she told Inside Edition.

Despite the scars from skin grafts covering the entirety of her arms, Brookbank went to prom with her boyfriend Dylan Arnett and said: 'I feel good about myself.'

Arnett, who has been by her side throughout the recovery, called her the 'most beautiful girl', while one friend applauded her for embracing the scars and 'finding beauty in everything'. 

Brookbank went to prom with her boyfriend Dylan Arnett (right) and said: 'I feel good about myself.' Arnett, who has been by her side throughout the recovery, called her the 'most beautiful girl'

Brookbank went to prom with her boyfriend Dylan Arnett (right) and said: 'I feel good about myself.' Arnett, who has been by her side throughout the recovery, called her the 'most beautiful girl'

Brookbank
She said: 'It makes you stronger. You don't take anything for granted. It's life changing. I know there's worse things that can happen.'

Brookbank (pictured) has penned an inspirational book about her recovery, and even received a surprise visit from Justin Beiber when she made an appearance on the TV show, The Doctors

Brookbank has penned an inspirational book about her recovery, and even received a surprise visit from Justin Beiber when she made an appearance on the TV show, The Doctors.

She said: 'It makes you stronger. You don't take anything for granted. It's life changing. I know there's worse things that can happen.'

Shortly after the explosion, Brookbank was rushed to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where emergency room doctors cut open her arms in a desperate bid to reduce the swelling.

The fire was so aggressive it went right to the fat beneath her skin, leaving her hands milk-bottle white.  

After four operations, skin grafts on her hands, and two months of physiotherapy, Kilee returned to Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School, where she was an honor student. 

Shortly after the explosion, Brookbank was rushed to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where emergency room doctors cut open her arms in a desperate bid to reduce the swelling
After four operations, skin grafts on her hands, and two months of physiotherapy, Kilee returned to Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School, where she was an honor student

Brookbank was rushed to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where emergency room doctors cut open her arms in a desperate bid to reduce the swelling. Pictured right in physiotherapy

Brookbank has maintained a positive outlook on the entire experience, saying: 'I felt lucky because I could have been hurt a lot worse'

Brookbank has maintained a positive outlook on the entire experience, saying: 'I felt lucky because I could have been hurt a lot worse'

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