A Pennsylvania mother reveals how she miraculously survived two gunshot wounds to her face and now uses her experience to help those battling suicidal thoughts. Ta.
Amanda Torme, 35, felt like her world was ending in 2022 when her marriage began to fall apart. She has also found the pressure from her sideline as a consultant to be overwhelming.
Then, when her grandmother died, the emotional strain became unbearable and she turned to alcohol and drug abuse to ease it.
On September 6, before the clock struck noon, she reached for a drink and became irritated when she began arguing with her husband.
Locked in her office, picking up her husband’s gun, even though she’d never touched it before, she made a tragic decision that she now “will regret forever,” He pointed the gun to his chin and pulled the trigger twice.
Amanda Torme, 35, who was pictured before committing suicide, revealed how she survived two gunshot wounds to her face.
Pennsylvania-based mother twice committed suicide after suffering severe mental health problems
A year later, Amanda recalls how mental health problems swept her life that day and how she miraculously survived.
A year later, Amanda remembers how her mental health problems hit her life that day and how she miraculously survived.
she said: “It was not even noon yet and I had already reached for my drink. Frustrated, I ran out and locked myself in the office.’
Her husband tried to kick her out of office, but she refused, so she called the gendarmes, as they were living on a military base at the time.
“The moment they arrived and tried to talk to me through the locked door, I made a decision that I will forever regret,” she continued.
“I happened to walk into my husband’s gun safe in his office closet, unlocked it, and picked up a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun. I had never touched the before, but I found myself holding it.”
She pointed the muzzle under her chin and pulled the trigger.
After the first shot, she was still conscious and attempted to end her life again.
“I thought the world would go dark, but it didn’t. I was still conscious after the first shot. I pulled the trigger again and collapsed to the floor.”
After hearing a second gunshot, the police finally managed to break down the door.
After a violent argument with her husband, Amanda locked herself in a closet and picked up a gun.
Her husband tried to kick her out of office, but she refused, so she called the gendarmes because they were living on a military base at the time.
But it was too late, she pointed the muzzle under her chin and pulled the trigger. After her first injection, she was still conscious, so she tried to end her life again.
Military police found Amanda, along with her husband, lying in a pool of blood. Miraculously, she was still alive.
Amanda was immediately rushed to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), where she was placed in an induced coma for three days until doctors suggested the best course of action.
“Being in the hospital was hard and one of the most difficult experiences of my life.
“I had a number of surgeries to reconstruct my face, including a flap surgery where the doctor removed a piece of flesh from my leg to cover the hole in my face,” she said. explained.
“It was indescribable pain and the tracheotomy and feeding tube (G-tube) made the situation worse,” she added. But as time went on, the doctor gradually weaned them off and I felt progress. ”
Amanda, who had mental health problems since childhood, was transferred to a psychiatric ward after being able to function.
Military police found Amanda, along with her husband, lying in a pool of blood. Miraculously she was still alive (shown before the gunshot wound)
Amanda (after being shot) was immediately rushed to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she remained in a coma for three days.
Diagnosed with epilepsy and polycystic ovary syndrome, she faced challenges from the age of 11, suffering from severe bullying and an unstable relationship with her father.
Sadly, admission to the psych ward did not help Amanda. In fact, she said it was the other way around.
“The way the nurses and doctors treated us was far from compassionate. We felt like animals were herded. Thankfully I miss that.” I didn’t mean to.
“I reached out to patient advocates and doctors and they agreed to put me back in the ICU after my next surgery. I was so relieved,” she explained.
Amanda still has trouble eating and has had several reconstructive surgeries since, with many more to come.
“Doctors are planning to try reconstructing my lower lip, but they want me to wait until I’m fully recovered from the previous surgery,” she said.
“Previously, they tried to use the tendon in my right forearm, but it didn’t work. It was all necrotic, so I had to deal with it.”
“Next fall, I plan to try again, this time with my left arm tendon,” she added.
Amanda (pictured after being shot) still has trouble eating and has had several reconstructive surgeries since, with many more to come.
Through her journey of recovery, Amanda has discovered a powerful sense of purpose to guide others through their darkest moments.
Today, she fearlessly shares her stories on TikTok and dreams of becoming a motivational speaker, especially for teens, and advocating for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
As she hits a key sobriety milestone on September 7, 2023, Amanda emphasizes the deep importance of seeking help, sharing her struggles, and avoiding the trap of internalizing pain.
Her advice to those struggling with mental health issues is, “Stay strong. You value every moment and your presence matters!”
“Ask for help, share your pain, and remember that hope is always within reach. Remember, storms don’t last forever!