Burn Survivor Puts Pregnant Belly On Display In Maternity Shoot 15 Years After Explosion

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

In 2001, when Andrea Grant was about 8, a fire completely devastated her home. A gas leak caused an explosion that didn’t just burn the house, but her skin as well. She and her brother both miraculously survived, all their limbs still intact. They left the hospital still healing from the ordeal, but only scars would remain.

Fifteen years later, she’s still living with the scars from that terrible day. The burn survivor was told that, if she were to get pregnant one day, her child would not survive past the fourth month of pregnancy. It would be hard for her belly to stretch as much as it needed to accommodate a growing child.

But Andrea isn’t just defying the odds by getting pregnant. She’s 41 weeks along, and is well on her way to delivering a healthy baby. Her secret to defying the odds: applying lotion twice a day to keep her skin elastic.

She also founded a group called “Beyond Scars” to help burn victims and survivors such as herself.

And it’s how she celebrated her ongoing pregnancy that is quickly going viral! She proudly and confidently bared her scarred belly for a beautiful photo shoot.

Scroll down to see more pictures of the expecting mom, and to read about her incredible journey.

Warning: Some readers may find images of her wounds graphic as seen in a photo below and the video.

At a young age, Andrea Grant was greatly burned in a gas leak explosion that also badly injured her brother.

She shared the graphic image below on social media, which shows the severity of her injury. (It may be difficult for some to view.)


The siblings miraculously survived and walked out of the hospital, but with scars covering their bodies.

As a result, doctors told Andrea that should she fall pregnant, her baby wouldn’t survive beyond the first 4 months of pregnancy.

Now, she’s proving everyone wrong. She’s 37 weeks along and counting!

With the help of oils and lotions, her belly is expanding as it should.

To celebrate, she posed for a maternity shoot with photographer Terrence Armand.

She proudly showed off her scarred pregnant belly, and the photo has gone viral, getting almost 20 thousand likes on Instagram!

Please SHARE to congratulate this strong mom on the impending birth of her child!

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