Firework accident survivor uses story to encourage safety and faith

GLASGOW, Ky. – On the fourth of July in 2015, Kristie Young’s life changed forever.

She was 35-years-old spending time with family at a cookout, swimming and enjoying fireworks.

That is until a three-inch artillery mortar firework malfunctioned, shooting into her face.

Two days after traveling 100 miles to the U of L Trauma Intensive Care Unit, she lost her left eye.

After being on a ventilator for seven days, she had her first major surgery three days later.

All of this eventually led to a stroke and multiple infections along with 327 days at Frasier Rehab.

However, none of this could keep her from living.

The reason being her nieces, nephews, and great-nephews.

Now, Young shares her story with the Glasgow community encouraging firework safety.

By the end of this year, she anticipates having a prosthetic surgery done to replace her left eye.

Until then, she continues to work out at Workout Anytime and the Barren County Family YMCA.

With assistance, she enjoys kayaking with friends.

Her message to anyone that endures her same situation is to never lose faith.

Young also has an empowering Facebook page where you can track her progress called Team Awesome.

The link to that is at “youngblood1980.”