TEMPLE (April 22, 2013)--Misty Lambert, 37, moved to West two weeks ago with her 4-year-old son Nikoda and says she had a special reason for moving to the small quiet town.
"I wanted to be somewhere that was known for their school and their community," Lambert said.
Things were going well for Lambert and her son until last Wednesday night when the West Fertilizer Co. caught fire.
Lambert was in the apartment complex that sits directly behind the plant when the fire began.
"I walked into the bedroom and I said ‘my gosh that place is on fire,’" Lambert said.
Lambert was with her son and her two nephews.
"I just said ‘y'all head towards the door, I'm going to look out the window,’ and that's right when the explosion happened. The explosion itself, it just came at me," Lambert said.
The window Lambert was looking through shattered before her eyes.
She was airlifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple where she underwent surgery for 20 hours.
Surgeons pulled shards of glass and metal from her body.
She received 1,000 stitches in her chest, arms and face.
The mother of five says she draws strength from those closest to her.
"My family, my friends, my loved ones, and my kids...they all keep me going day to day."
Lambert's mother Janet says her daughter is alive today for one reason and one reason only.
"I believe she is alive so she can be an angel to those kids," she said.
"Its life and you have to do what you have to do to survive. Misty did that, and now we're just going to push through the next step."
"I'm grateful that I'm still alive, my children are still alive, and that they can still see me."
Lambert says she faces additional surgery.