Alps coach crash victim thanks hospital

6 May 2014, 06:00

A woman who suffered 96% burns in a coach crash in the French Alps says the support from her friends, family and the Merseyside hospital where she was treated has pulled her through.

Catrin Pugh, 20, was on her way home from working as a ski instructor on a gap year when the bus crashed in April 2013. She remembers lying in the road after it happened and people shielding her from the sun. 

50 passengers were on board and the 63 year old driver was killed, following the accident she only remembers waking up in hospital. 

Catrin has spent three months in intensive care and has undergone two hundred operations at the burns unit in Whiston. She has daily treatment on her wounds and has to go back for treatment in Liverpool every Wednesday. Catrin wears a special mask to heal her scars and her mum and brother have even donated skin to help with her recovery. 

Catrin says she has to remain upbeat to get her through her recovery. She plans to go to university next year and is thinknig about a career in teaching. She also plans to get back on the slopes one day.