Eight months later; Abilene Mother returns home


ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) An Abilene family counting their blessings.

You may remember the Hardy's torn apart by a fire that broke out in their apartment last summer.
Ashley Hardy will carry the scars, both physical and emotional, with her for the rest of her life, but that burden, she said, is made easier by the people surrounding her with love and support.

There is no better feeling than to have family by your side every step of the way.

"It was definitely reassurance. The thing that pushed me through, because there were moments that were so hard to even just get out of the bed. Having them there, it helped," Ashley Hardy said.

After eight, long months in two Texas hospitals, Ashley Hardy is grateful to be alive and recovering at home.

"Having those memories there. They were just gone and you can't think of them. There were some when my son was born, Ashley Hardy said. "Those are things that were taken away from me." 

In July 2017, her family's apartment catching fire, putting her in this predicament. It also injured her 9-year-old son, Aiden and claiming the life of her 4-year-old son, Liam.

"Trying to keep a positive attitude about it is the hardest part because those times, I am not feeling well and I see my son and he wants to do that and [I'm] trying to push through that. It gives me the incentive to keep going," Ashley said.

She suffered 2nd and 3rd-degree burns on more than 80 percent of her body.

"The burns themselves. I still have pain with them. I have some problems thinking through things. I have to stop myself and I have to sit and I have to really think before I can say something sometimes," Ashley said.

Aiden suffered minor injuries and was discharged after a day.

"I know it's not easy for him [Aiden]. It hasn't been easy for anyone. He doesn't know what to think about it or what to do because he doesn't know how to react," Ashley said.

Her son, Aiden, ecstatic that she is home.

"She was struggling really bad and I was scared because I wasn't used to this," Aiden said.

Aiden said he just ready to make new memories with his mother.

"I'm looking forward her to getting better and so she can go places and maybe like go to Disney World with me again, maybe," Aiden said.

Which is the last place the whole family visited together.

"It feels pretty good because once she gets better, I can start doing stuff with her more," Aiden said.

"One thing I am really grateful for is there's so many people that are willing to help. It means a lot to me because I never expected to have received anything in return," Ashley said.

Ashley said one of the things that kept her going in the hospital were the nurses always sitting with her and cheering her up. She said it especially helped during the really hard days.

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