When Ohio teen Kilee Brookbank went to prom in a sleeveless dress, she was making a statement to the world. Brookbank’s action was daring and bold because nearly 45 percent of her body bears the scars she sustained during a fire at her home two years ago, Fox 29 reported. Brookbank nearly died during the fire and spent more than a month in the hospital, according to Inside Edition. She also underwent several skin-graft surgeries.
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Though the recovery process has been tough at times, Brookbank said she is appreciative considering the circumstances. “I felt lucky,” she said to Fox 29. “I could have been hurt a lot worse." Initially, Brookbank, who had been an athlete and honor student, said she didn’t think she’d be the same again after the fire, but as time has progressed, she has become more comfortable with herself.

That new comfort led her to wear a sleeveless dress to her prom. When she had her makeup and hair professionally done, she said, “I feel good about myself.” Other people agreed that she was stunning. Not only did her boyfriend, Dylan, tell her that she was “the most beautiful girl” he had ever seen while they were getting ready to go to prom, the students at Brookbank’s high school crowned her prom queen, according to Inside Edition.

Watch the video of Brookbank's story below.