A Pennsylvania mother has revealed how she miraculously survived two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the face – and is now using her experience to help those grappling with thoughts of suicide. 

Amanda Thome, 35, felt as though her entire world was ending in 2022 when she her marriage began falling apart – and the pressure from her side job as a consultant had become overwhelming. 

Then, when her grandmother passed, the emotional burden became too much to bear, and she turned to alcohol and substance abuse for relief. 

On September 6, she reached for a drink before the clock even struck noon and grew frustrated when she and her husband began to argue. 

She locked herself into their office and grabbed her husband’s gun, despite never having touched it before, and made a harrowing decision that she now says she will ‘forever regret’, aiming the gun at her chin and pulling the trigger twice. 

Amanda Thome, 35, (pictured before she shot herself) has revealed how she survived two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the face

Amanda Thome, 35, (pictured before she shot herself) has revealed how she survived two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the face

Amanda Thome, 35, (pictured before she shot herself) has revealed how she survived two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the face

The Pennsylvania-based mom shot herself twice after suffering from severe mental health problems

The Pennsylvania-based mom shot herself twice after suffering from severe mental health problems

The Pennsylvania-based mom shot herself twice after suffering from severe mental health problems

Now, one year later, Amanda is recalling how her mental health problems took over her life that day, and how she miraculously survived

Now, one year later, Amanda is recalling how her mental health problems took over her life that day, and how she miraculously survived

Now, one year later, Amanda is recalling how her mental health problems took over her life that day, and how she miraculously survived

Now, one year later, Amanda is recalling how her mental health problems took over her life that day, and how she miraculously survived. 

She said: ‘It wasn’t even noon, and I was already reaching for a drink. My husband and I had been going through a lot of rough patches, and that day, things escalated into a big argument. Frustrated, I stormed off and locked myself in my office. ‘ 

Her husband attempted to coax her out of the office, but she refused, so he called the Military Police since they were living on a military base at the time.   

‘As soon as they arrived and tried talking to me through the locked door, I made a decision I will forever regret,’ she went on. 

‘I went into my husband’s gun safe, which happened to be in the closet of my office, unlocked it, and grabbed a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun. Despite never touching my husband’s guns in the nine years we’d been together, I found myself holding it in my hands.’

She pointed the barrel of the gun under her chin and pulled the trigger.

After the first shot, she was still conscious, so she once again attempted to end her life.   

Amanda said: ‘I thought the world would plunge into darkness, but it didn’t. Even after the first shot, I remained conscious. I pulled the trigger again, and collapsed to the floor.’

Upon hearing the second gunshot, the police finally managed to break down the door. 

After getting into a heated argument with her husband, Amanda locked herself into the closet and grabbed his gun

After getting into a heated argument with her husband, Amanda locked herself into the closet and grabbed his gun

After getting into a heated argument with her husband, Amanda locked herself into the closet and grabbed his gun

Her husband attempted to coax her out of the office, but she refused, so he called the Military Police since they were living on a military base at the time

Her husband attempted to coax her out of the office, but she refused, so he called the Military Police since they were living on a military base at the time

Her husband attempted to coax her out of the office, but she refused, so he called the Military Police since they were living on a military base at the time

However, it was too late, she pointed the barrel of the gun under her chin and pulled the trigger. After the first shot, she was still conscious, so she once again attempted to end her life

However, it was too late, she pointed the barrel of the gun under her chin and pulled the trigger. After the first shot, she was still conscious, so she once again attempted to end her life

However, it was too late, she pointed the barrel of the gun under her chin and pulled the trigger. After the first shot, she was still conscious, so she once again attempted to end her life

The Military Police, along with Amanda’s husband, found her lying in a pool of blood. Miraculously, she was still alive.

Amanda was quickly life-flighted to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and placed in an induced coma for three days while doctors charted the best course of action.

‘My time in the hospital was tough, one of the hardest experiences of my life. I was completely bedridden and unable to do anything for myself. 

‘I underwent numerous operations to reconstruct my face, including flap surgery where doctors took a piece of flesh from my leg to patch up the hole on my face,’ she explained.

Amanda added: ‘The pain was indescribable and dealing with a tracheostomy and the feeding tube (G-tube) made things even worse. However, with time, the doctors gradually weaned me off those medications, and I felt a sense of progress.’ 

After she had regained mobility, Amanda – who has been suffering from mental health problems since she was a child – was transferred to a psych ward. 

The Military Police, along with Amanda's husband, found her lying in a pool of blood. Miraculously, she was still alive (shown before the gunshot wound)

The Military Police, along with Amanda's husband, found her lying in a pool of blood. Miraculously, she was still alive (shown before the gunshot wound)

The Military Police, along with Amanda's husband, found her lying in a pool of blood. Miraculously, she was still alive (shown before the gunshot wound)

The Military Police, along with Amanda's husband, found her lying in a pool of blood. Miraculously, she was still alive (shown before the gunshot wound)

The Military Police, along with Amanda’s husband, found her lying in a pool of blood. Miraculously, she was still alive (shown before the gunshot wound)

Amanda (shown after the gunshot wound) was quickly life-flighted to the University of Maryland Medical Center and placed in an induced coma for three days

Amanda (shown after the gunshot wound) was quickly life-flighted to the University of Maryland Medical Center and placed in an induced coma for three days

Amanda (shown after the gunshot wound) was quickly life-flighted to the University of Maryland Medical Center and placed in an induced coma for three days 

She had encountered difficulties since she was 11 because she was diagnosed with epilepsy and PCOS, and suffered intense bullying as well as a rocky relationship with her father. 

Sadly, admission to the psych ward didn’t help Amanda. In fact, she said it did the opposite.

‘The way the nurses and doctors treated us there was far from compassionate; it felt like we were being herded like animals. Thankfully, I wasn’t going to let that slide.

‘I reached out to the patient advocate and the doctors, and they agreed to move me back to the ICU after my next surgery. It was such a relief,’ she explained.

Amanda, who still has trouble eating, has since undergone several reconstructive surgeries and has many more to come.

She said: ‘The doctors have plans to attempt recreating my lower lip, but they want me to wait until I’m fully healed from the previous surgeries. 

‘They tried using a tendon from my right forearm before, but it didn’t work out – it went all necrotic, and they had to address it. 

‘Next fall, they’ll take another shot at it, using the tendon from my left arm this time,’ she added.

Amanda, (shown after the gunshot wound) who still has trouble eating, has since undergone several reconstructive surgeries and has many more to come

Amanda, (shown after the gunshot wound) who still has trouble eating, has since undergone several reconstructive surgeries and has many more to come

Amanda, (shown after the gunshot wound) who still has trouble eating, has since undergone several reconstructive surgeries and has many more to come

Amanda’s journey of recovery has led her to discover a powerful sense of purpose – to be a guiding light for others navigating through their darkest moments.

Today, she fearlessly shares her story on TikTok, with dreams of becoming a motivational speaker, particularly for teens, championing mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

As she nears a significant sobriety milestone on September 7, 2023, Amanda has been emphasizing the profound importance of seeking help, opening up about struggles, and avoiding the trap of internalizing pain.

Her advice to those suffering from mental health issues is to, ‘Hold on tight – you are worth every moment, and your existence matters! 

‘Reach out for help, share your pain, and remember, hope is always within reach. Keep in mind, storms don’t last forever!’

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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