Dr. Phil and his wife Robin shared a shocking personal story about Robin’s sister, Cindy Broaddus, and her survival following a random acid attack.
The woman was left disfigured while driving down the freeway around 4:00 a.m. in 2002 when a sick individual at an overpass waited for a car to come through and dropped a two-gallon vat of acid on her vehicle.
One minute Broaddus was cruising down the highway, the next she was severely burned by a stranger who splashed her car with a poisonous substance that went through her windshield.
Broaddus suffered serious chemical burns that affected 80% of her body, yet she lived every day for her daughters in the wake of tragedy.
Robin shared her sister’s story of survival on Instagram and on an episode of Dr. Phil. She said:
“She went through that and never, ever, one time saidWhy me.’ Every time I was ever in her presence, I knew I was in the presence of the most powerful and strongest woman I have ever known.”
Robin called her sister a hero for staying strong and positive despite what the acid attack had done to her.
Before she died on February 23 at 68, Broaddus shared her story on her brother-in-law’s show. She said:
“The acid burned my face, my lips, my cheeks, my chin, my arms. I inhaled acid. It also burned the inside of my mouth, my tongue, and my throat. I remember having my hands in my face thinking I was bleeding, and realizing that was skin in my hands.”
The mother of three said her lowest point in all this was not knowing if she would survive to be there for her children. She recalled:
“My lowest point had to be before my daughters got there, when I wasn’t sure if I was going to live, and I had to tell them what beautiful, beautiful people I thought they were and how much I was going to miss them. But more than that, they needed to know that I was not afraid when I died, that I was OK with it.”
However, with the help of a medical team, Broaddus lived and returned to work six weeks after the attack. She said:
“From the moment of the attack I decided it was up to me and I was going to live.”
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#Repost @branlo35 ・・・ It’s been one year since I’ve hugged your neck, kissed your face, heard your voice, held your hand, played cards with you, told you I love you (in person), heard you laugh so hard you go silent and see your shoulders shake! I miss your loving nature, your attitude, your home cooked meals, your outfit checks, your advice, your answers to my dumb cooking questions (and all other dumb questions!) our daily phone calls, our text messages, our friendship, your kindness, and I simply miss your presence in my life. I never knew a void so deep as the day you left us big momma. You were the glue. My entire world changed on this day one year ago. I miss you more than I can even put into words. This past year has been the hardest of my entire life but I somehow survived and I like to think it’s because I have a little bit of you in me. And for that, I’m eternally grateful. I love you and I miss you terribly mom♥️. #faithoverfear
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Broaddus also shared her story in her book, “A Random Act: An Inspiring True Story of Fighting to Survive and Choosing to Forgive.”
Watch the video below:
Dr. Phil and Robin share a personal story that will move you to tears.Full story: drphil.tv/041819
Posted by Dr. Phil on Wednesday, June 19, 2019