Boardman stabbing victim beating the odds in recovery - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Boardman stabbing victim beating the odds in recovery

Posted: Updated:

A little more than a week after being brutally stabbed in her own home by a stranger, a Boardman mother is beating the odds and her wounds are healing faster than expected. 

We have an update on the progress Kristen Burton is making as she recovers from close to 20 stab wounds.

Nearly a week ago, we sat down with Kristen Burton, days after she was stabbed close to 20 times by a complete stranger the night of June 5th when she answered a knock at the door. 

The suspect, Devin Nash, remains behind bars.

"I feel great. I feel better than I thought I was going to so that's amazing," Burton told 21 News on Thursday.

The stitches on her head and face, under her eye, on her nose, forehead, scalp, near her temple, neck, and back of her knee have been removed and her left hand is showing signs of progress, which was especially a concern because Burton is a hairdresser.

"I still have some tender soreness in the side of my head and neck, but the cool thing is all my fingers work, thumb not great yet, but we're getting there. That's exciting, that thrills me more than anything because I thought for a small moment there I wouldn't have that ability and I can't stop doing hair," Burton explained.

She now has a splint on her hand that comes off.   "Which is what allows me to actually take a shower and do my own hair which is really exciting and the stitches will all come out next week and there's still an awful lot of swelling," Burton said.

"Most of the damage was done on the side of the pinky and the thumb. If you can see, the stitches go all the way through, almost all the way around my thumb, and then there was a fracture to either side of the bone on my thumb," Burton said.

The knife went through the middle of her hand damaging nerves and tendons plus other nerves and tendons were also hurt on the sides of her hand and part of her arm.

"Making the scissor movement (with her fingers) is OK, but I feel a lot of tension within the bottom portion of my arm as well. I'll start physical therapy next week as well, so I'm kind of excited to get exercises that I can do at home and just get my fingers working," Burton said. 

Next week she will also get the rest of her stitches out on her left hand and arm, as well as her right elbow.

Doctors are telling Burton physical therapy could last a minimum of six months, but her spirits remain high and she is optimistic that her recovery could be shorter, judging by her progress so far.

"Moving forward I'm able to be positive because I have a sense of peace in my heart and that's the only way I can describe it and the strength I have to get through that comes from my kids," Burton said.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Waterfire Sharon kicks off first event with "Magical Moments"

    Waterfire Sharon kicks off first event with "Magical Moments"

    Sunday, July 22 2018 5:24 AM EDT2018-07-22 09:24:47 GMT
    The Shenango River glowed for the first of the three Waterfire Sharon events in downtown Sharon as dozens of braziers were lit by people in boats carrying torches. The lighting ceremony for "Magical Moments" Saturday night took place on the State Street bridge just after 9 p.m. Some travel back to the Shenango Valley for the event each year. "To me it's spiritual and I love the smell of the fires burning, the cedar, I just thoroughly enjoy it," Kay Anderson said...More >>
    The Shenango River glowed for the first of the three Waterfire Sharon events in downtown Sharon as dozens of braziers were lit by people in boats carrying torches. The lighting ceremony for "Magical Moments" Saturday night took place on the State Street bridge just after 9 p.m. Some travel back to the Shenango Valley for the event each year. "To me it's spiritual and I love the smell of the fires burning, the cedar, I just thoroughly enjoy it," Kay Anderson said...More >>
  • Pets killed in Trumbull County fire

    Pets killed in Trumbull County fire

    Sunday, July 22 2018 5:03 AM EDT2018-07-22 09:03:48 GMT

    One dog and two cats are dead after a fire broke out at a Trumbull County home Saturday afternoon. Officials responded to a trailer fire in the 5000 block of Kinsman Road Saturday. The woman who lives there was not home at the time the flames broke out. Firefighters credit a passerby for alerting authorities of the blaze. Orangeville Fire Chief Larry Foltz tells 21 News the west end of the trailer saw the majority of the damage.  The cause remains under investigation.

    More >>

    One dog and two cats are dead after a fire broke out at a Trumbull County home Saturday afternoon. Officials responded to a trailer fire in the 5000 block of Kinsman Road Saturday. The woman who lives there was not home at the time the flames broke out. Firefighters credit a passerby for alerting authorities of the blaze. Orangeville Fire Chief Larry Foltz tells 21 News the west end of the trailer saw the majority of the damage.  The cause remains under investigation.

    More >>
  • EXCLUSIVE Sister of Youngstown mom shot in the head speaks out

    EXCLUSIVE Sister of Youngstown mom shot in the head speaks out

    Sunday, July 22 2018 4:50 AM EDT2018-07-22 08:50:08 GMT
    A mother of two children remains on life support after police found her shot in the head on Youngstown's south side Saturday morning. Denise Thurston, 32, was found slumped over in the driver's seat of a car on Hilton Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head when police were called to the scene at about 4:30 a.m. Police say she was taken to Mercy Health- St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she underwent surgery. Thurston is described by her sister as an outgoing, good mom.  In an ex...More >>
    A mother of two children remains on life support after police found her shot in the head on Youngstown's south side Saturday morning. Denise Thurston, 32, was found slumped over in the driver's seat of a car on Hilton Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head when police were called to the scene at about 4:30 a.m. Police say she was taken to Mercy Health- St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she underwent surgery. Thurston is described by her sister as an outgoing, good mom.  In an ex...More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms