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Teen’s face gets burned the day after being voted finalist in beauty queen contest

By Mason White 12:52 PM March 31, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
A teenager was looking forward to accomplishing her dream of winning a beauty queen contest.

However, all her dreams were shattered when her face caught on fire while she was out with her friends.

Lucy Morgan, 18, of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, was burned when a can of flammable liquid exploded as she and a group of friends sat around a campfire.

The teen beauty queen was left with burns on 25 percent of her body and her face. Despite the terrible accident, Morgan hopes that she can still win the title of Miss Leeds.

Morgan was rushed to the Pinderfields Hospital burn unit, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, where her burns were bandaged.

Despite the scars and red marks on her face, body, hands and legs, Morgan has decided she wants to stay in the competition.

In a series of Facebook messages, the teenager showed her extensive facial scarring and the healing process.

Morgan has undergone three skin graft operations in which skin was taken from her leg and was used to repair her hands.

Although she is not completely healed, the teenager decided to stay in the competition. “People think you need to be perfect to be a beauty queen, but I am still going to do it anyway,” she said.

Morgan came in third in last year’s beauty contest, and has remained friends with the winner, Olivia Craven, who is supporting the teen’s bid to win Miss Lucy Leeds.