British teen survives burns to 96 per cent of her body
Catrin Pugh before the accident. Photo: Facebook

A British teenager who is the world's first adult to survive 96 per cent burns has told how she overturned odds of 1000 to one to stay alive.

According to the Daily Mail, Catrin Pugh, now 20, spent three months in a coma after she was pulled from the wreckage of a coach that smashed into a cliffside last year.

Only the soles of her feet and parts of her scalp were untouched by the flames.

Miss Pugh, from Wrexham, north Wales, had to undergo more than 200 operations and was on a life-support machine for 90 days.

Medics said her odds of survival were just 1000/1.

Speaking to the Mirror, she said her experience had been really horrible.

"I woke up from the coma after three months not knowing where I was or what had happened," she said.

"At first, I thought I'd never get better and there was no future for me. But I would say to anyone faced with big hurdles in their life, remember there's an upside to everything and a silver lining around the corner.

Catrin Pugh suffered 96 per cent burns to her body. Photo: ITV

"Make sure you listen to your friends and family when they are telling you it's going to be ok."

The Daily Mail reports the coach she was on narrowly missed a treacherous ravine when it crashed on the notorious Alpine route, commonly used by cyclists in the Tour de France.

Maurice Wrightson, the driver, was hailed as a hero after he managed to steer away from the huge drop. He died when the fireball swept through the front of the bus.

Along with Miss Pugh, two more Britons were critically hurt, and 23 out of the 52 passengers left with injuries at the devastating crash site.

Pugh had planned to study in event management before the accident. Photo: Facebook

Miss Pugh, who had been set to start an event management course at Manchester University before the crash, says she only has hazy memories of the disaster, caused when the vehicle's brakes failed.

During her recovery she has had to learn to walk again, as well as many everyday skills such as cooking and washing herself.

As part of her treatment, which has so far cost £1million, she underwent skin grafts from her mother and brother, and had further skin artificially grown in a laboratory.

She said she can recall the coach going up in flames, and being at the side of the road - yelling that she was in pain, before she fell unconscious.

"I remember waking up in hospital three months later and was really confused and had to have my parents tell me what had happened,'" she told the Daily Post.

"I though I was never going to get better and there was no future for me, but I have had fantastic support from my friends and family and the staff at the hospital have been amazing".

The West Australian

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