Billionaire's wife who endured plane crash opens burn center for kids

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'My face broke off into pieces,' she says. 'The morphine was so I didn’t die of shock from the pain. It was like I was in hell.'

Vivian Pellas was involved in a plane crash in 1989, suffering burns to her face and arm. She subsequently opened a burn center for children.

Bloomberg News reports that Vivian Pellas woke up to the sound of her husband, Carlos, shouting her name. He was yelling for her to follow him out of a burning aircraft.

'Vivian, sigame,' he said in Spanish. 'Follow me.'

She stumbled out of what was left of Servicio Aereo de Honduras flight 414 just moments before it exploded in a ball of fire and twisted metal and screams. She couldn’t feel the 62 bone fractures or the skin melting off her face.

'I remember a light and going through a tunnel, and suddenly I was outside of the plane,' Vivian recalls. Carlos, who was also seriously burned and lost parts of four fingers in the accident, led his wife to the nearest road. They hailed a pickup truck, and the driver drove them two hours down the mountain to a hospital in the Honduran capital.

Vivian Pellas, who was 35 in 1989 when the plane crashed, underwent years of skin grafts, surgeries and rehabilitation, depending initially on morphine to alleviate the pain.

'My face broke off into pieces,' she says. 'The morphine was so I didn’t die of shock from the pain. It was like I was in hell.'

Today, Pellas sports long red hair and has no visible scars on her face. She looks at least a decade younger than her 60 years.

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