POLK CO., Fla - Teddy Lawhorn is keeping close tabs on his daughter Megan Kimbrough, 26, even though he is in Indiana. Kimbrough was set on fire inside of her Lakeland home and sustained burns to more than 80 percent of her body. She has been in a medically induced coma at Tampa General Hospital for two weeks.
Police say Megan's husband, Joshua, 32, poured gasoline on her and then lit her on fire.
Friday morning, Megan underwent a lengthy surgery to place donor skin on her chest, stomach and legs. Doctors attempted to go forward with the surgery last week but failed after Megan began coughing up mucus which blocked her airway.
"Megan had a good night last night," said Lawhorn of his daughter's condition. "They're starting to wean her off the Servo breathing machine a little bit more. Not only is she down to level 2 assistance, they're now unhooking her from the machine altogether and allowing her to breathe totally on her own for short periods of time."
When Megan arrived at Tampa General Hospital on August 3, doctors said she would not likely survive her injuries.
"She's getting better day by day. We're asking for continued prayers and well wishes. They're working!" Lawhorn said.
Lawhorn said his daughter is not able to talk yet but is mouthing words to nurses. She was able to tell nurses she wanted to watch television, particularly the news, according to her father.
JOSHUA KIMBROUGH BEHIND BARS
Joshua, who police say went on a crime spree after he lit Megan on fire, remains behind bars.
Both his mother, Rita Sanders, and stepfather, David Sanders, have visited him at the Polk County Jail.
David described Joshua as distraught.
"He says he doesn't remember anything," David told ABC Action News via phone Friday afternoon.
According to David, Joshua admitted he was on pink methamphetamine, Xanax and Klonopin. Xanax and Klonopin are prescription medications called benzodiazepines which are used to treat panic attacks and anxiety disorders.
"All he can do is cry," David explained.
During Kimbrough's first court appearance, Joshua appeared disinterested in the proceedings.
When told his wife would likely die from her injuries, Joshua shrugged and told the judge, 'I am done with this [expletive] show.'
COMMUNITY SUPPORTS MEGAN
Last Friday, Audrey Mabrey, who is a burn survivor, met with Megan's parents and vowed to be Megan's advocate through her recovery.
Mabrey was in the process of divorcing her husband, Christopher Hanney, in November of 2009 when he attacked her in their Apollo Beach house. Hanney grabbed Mabrey, took her to the garage, beat her with a hammer, doused her with gasoline and then tossed a lit candle at her and set her on fire.
With the help of a neighbor, she was able to extinguish the fire, but suffered burns to 80 percent of her body.
Hanney was found guilty of attempted murder, aggravated battery and arson.
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