Crash survivor mom celebrates with 'miracle' child

Stephanie Nielson gave birth to her fifth child, Charlotte, last month. (Stephanie Nielson)

May 13, 2012 6:10:13 AM PDT
The day your first book hits stores is a big one for any first-time author, but on April 3 ? the publication date of her now best-seller, "Heaven Is Here" -- Stephanie Nielson was preoccupied with something else: the birth of her fifth child, Charlotte.

Charlotte was a child whom Nielson, a popular mom blogger, and her husband, Christian, worried they might never have. In August 2008, the couple was in a horrific plane crash. Nielson experienced burns on more than 80 percent of her body and was in a coma for four months. When she woke up, her scars had changed her appearance so dramatically that her children couldn't even look at her.

In "Heaven Is Here," Nielson describes her long physical and emotional journey toward recovery, including rebuilding her relationship with her four children.

She said she began thinking of having a fifth child about two years after the accident.

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