An 18-year-old has documented from her hospital bed the harrowing details of how she died, was brought back to life and had her leg amputated following a horrific car crash.
Aurora Murdock, from Lynchburg in Virginia, was severely injured in October after the car she was travelling in with two friends spun out of control in Utah.
Murdock, who has been in hospital for 31 days, said doctors were forced to amputate her left leg two weeks ago after an artery got infected.
Aurora Murdock, 18, from Lynchburg in Virginia, was forced to have her left leg amputated two weeks ago after she was involved in a horrific car crash on a road trip in Utah in October
In a video diary from her hospital bed, Murdock said the trio were driving non-stop in shifts from Philadelphia to San Francisco as part of a long-awaited road trip when one of her friends fell asleep behind the wheel.
‘We drove most of the way across the country, but when we got to Utah we got in a wreck,’ the teenager said.
She said she was in the backseat and for some reason there were no seat belts.
‘The car spun, the driver lost control, we were going 90 miles an hour. I was thrown from the vehicle, through the window, I hit a guard rail, I degloved my leg, which means I broke it but also lost the skin on it,’ Murdock said.
‘The artery got infected, I bled out twice, I died once but the doctors brought me back, which is super weird to think about – like I’ve actually died and I don’t remember it at all because I was unconscious.’
In a video diary from her hospital bed, Murdock details her horrific injuries and the harrowing details on the car crash in October
Murdock, who has been in hospital for 31 days, said doctors have prescribed her 30 pills a day for her injuries and she is hooked up to an IV drip
Murdock, pictured prior to the accident, was travelling with two friends on a road trip from Philadelphia to San Francisco when the driver fell asleep behind the wheel
She said doctors opted to amputate her left leg above the knee in a bid to prevent any more infections.
‘I have a bit of a stump, which is good because that means hopefully in a few months I’ll be able to get a prosthetic,’ she said.
‘There’s no skin on the stump and it’s infected. It’s going to take six weeks for them to start skin grafts. After that it’s going to take a little bit longer for me to heal.’
Murdock said doctors have prescribed her 30 pills a day for her injuries and she is hooked up to an IV drip.
Murdock admitted that she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident because there were no belts in the back seat of the car they were driving
‘I have been having a hell of a time… Everything is horrible,’ Murdock said.
She said both her friends were miraculously uninjured in the crash because they were both wearing seatbelts.
‘Most ironic thing about this is the phrase I said the most on this road trip was: “Ryan put your goddamn seat belt on”. It’s so ironic that I was the only one hurt, but I’m glad my friends are okay.’
The road trip was part of a bucket list that Murdock wanted to do after deciding recently to drop out of college where she was a sophomore.
She had earlier documented the first stages of the trip.