Rebecca Peasgood, 25, suffered third-degree burns and was forced to undergo two skin grafts after the first one became infected.
The full time mum-of-one, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, spent a week in hospital and struggled to walk and look after her son.
Now she has been left with a 20cm-wide scar and is embarrassed to wear bikinis.
Rebecca says: “It changed my life, it was such a freak accident.
“I still have flashbacks of what happened.”
After years of unexplained seizures, Rebecca was finally diagnosed with epilepsy in February 2010 when she was 16.
Doctors prescribed Rebecca medication which kept her seizures under control and, since then, she’s suffered just two a year.
It changed my life, it was such a freak accident.
In August 2016, Rebecca was recuperating after she broke her leg in a horse-riding accident.
Rebecca says: “I felt miserable because I was stuck at home alone.
“The doctor warned me that I'd be in a cast for at least three months.
“Six weeks after the accident, I was home alone and the heating was on full blast as it was freezing outside."
She said: “But after a few hours I got too hot, so I changed into thin pyjama shorts.
“Then I heaved myself into the kitchen to grab a drink.
“But as I stood up, I felt light-headed and the room started to spin.
“Before I tried to steady myself, I collapsed on to the floor.
“The next thing I knew, I woke up 20 minutes later to my brother shaking me and screaming my name.”
Rebecca had landed with her right bum cheek against the radiator which has seared her skin as she lay unconscious.
Her brother Harvey Peasgood, 21, a fisherman, found her on the floor and called an ambulance.
Rebecca says: “I realised I must have had another seizure.
“Suddenly I felt an agonising pain in my bum, it felt like it was on fire.
“I didn't realise what had happened yet, as I was in and out of consciousness.
“I started crying in pain.”
Shortly afterwards paramedics arrived and tried to remove Rebecca's shorts to check the damage to her bum.
But the fabric had melted into her skin.
An ambulance took her to Eastbourne District General in Eastbourne, then an hour later she was transferred to a specialist burns unit at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
Rebecca's mum Elaine Petherick, 53, a carer, her fiancé Ben Weston, 25, a plasterer and her son Joshua, seven, rushed to the hospital to be by her side.
Rebecca says: “The doctors gave morphine for the pain, but it wasn't working so I was hysterical.
“Doctors told me that I had suffered third-degree burns and would be scarred for life.
“Every time nurses dressed my wounds twice a day, it felt like they were stabbing me.
“I was too afraid to look at it in the mirror, I told the nurses I wasn't ready to see it yet.
“I couldn't sit down, I was forced to lay on my side and my stomach.
“It wasn't until a few weeks later when I built up the courage to look in the mirror at the damage.
“All the skin had burned off and there was horrible blisters everywhere.
“It was the most sickening sight, I was mortified.”
What is epilepsy?
One in every 100 Brits are affected by epilepsy – and over half a million people in the UK have been diagnosed.
Epilepsy is a condition of the brain which can disrupt the electrical communication between neurons in the nervous system.
This often leads to seizures, a sudden event that can change a person’s awareness, behaviour or feeling.
The condition is typically diagnosed when a person has two or more unprovoked fits separated by at least 24 hours.
Epilepsy can begin at any age, but it tends to affect people either in early childhood or who are older than 60.
A number of different triggers can trigger a seizure.
These can be human factors, including sleep deprivation, alcohol or drug abuse or not eating well.
Stress, hormonal changes or the use of certain medications can also cause epilepsy.
The most commonly used treatment for epilepsy are anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), which help to control seizures in about 70 per cent of people.
AEDs work by altering the levels of chemicals in the brain.
Around three per cent of sufferers are triggered flashing bright lights or patterns, which is known as photosensitive epilepsy.
Doctors told Rebecca that she needed a skin graft.
They planned to take the skin from her leg once her cast was off.
A month later in October 2016, Rebecca underwent her first skin graft but, to her horror, it became infected a week later.
Rebecca says: “The doctors needed to remove the infected skin and wait for it to heal.
I still have horrible flashbacks of that day, it will haunt me forever.
“The pain was so intense that I was put under general anaesthetic while they cleaned the wound.
“I couldn't believe I was stuck in hospital again, it had taken over my life.
“When I returned home two weeks later, I struggled to look after my son Joshua because it was too painful to walk.
Three months later in January 2017, Rebecca finally had her second skin graft.
Thankfully it was a success.
She says: “I was so over the moon.
“Now today, my bum has healed, and it looks so much better.
“But the scar has really affected my confidence.
“I no longer wear bikinis or shorts.
“I still have horrible flashbacks of that day, it will haunt me forever.
“Anything that involves heat, like taking a hot bath, makes me panic.
“I've even started counselling because of what happened.
“However, I'm lucky that Ben has been so supportive.
“My scar doesn't bother him at all, it just goes to prove beauty is only skin deep.”
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