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This Latina Survived Two Tours In Iraq Then Got Struck By Lightning

Rosa Sanchez is a soldier from Fort Bragg, Texas who bravely served her country in two tours in Iraq.

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After surviving one of the most dangerous places in the world, the Latina veteran had a near death experience once she returned to the United States.

In 2009, Sanchez was carrying her young son into a T.J. Maxx store when they were both struck by lightning.

Sanchez and her son were both burned badly during the strike. “He was burned, but he was looking up at me and screaming,” Specialist James Van Dorn, also an Iraq veteran from Fort Bragg, Texas, told the U.S. Army. “My training tells me that is a good sign, so I passed the boy over to another bystander.”

The lightning bolt entered Sanchez’s right shoulder and went through to her left foot.

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“When I got to her, I saw that she was on fire – her hair, her shirt,” Van Dorn told the U.S. Army. “It’s pouring rain and she was on fire. It just tells you how powerful lightning is. I took off my shirt and put her out as quickly as I could.”

And, in the process, the lightning bolt fused the underwire of her bra to one of her breasts.

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Doctors had to remove some of her skin to remove the underwire. “When they [the doctors] cut the skin off it obviously made one side bigger than the other,” Sanchez said during her interview on the TV series “Botched By Nature.”

“When I look at my chest now, I don’t feel like myself. I can see that it’s different and I feel deformed.” Sanchez said the injuries prevented her from being active and led her to gain weight. The injury, combined with a previous tummy tuck procedure that wasn’t executed well, left her even more uncomfortable with her appearance.

On top of the physical damage, Sanchez’s memory was also affected.

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Sanchez signed up for the TV series “Botched By Nature” to get help. Doctors gave her a breast augmentation and tummy tuck to fix some of the issues caused by the lightning strike and previous cosmetic surgery.

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“It’s a new beginning and I’m in a happy place and I’m in a good place,” Sanchez told E! News. “And I think I’m ready for whatever comes.” The doctors were able to fix the failed tummy tuck by flattening her stomach and trimming down her sides. They were also successful in giving Sanchez a breast augmentation so her breasts matched in size.

You can watch Rosa Sanchez’s “Botched By Nature” preview below!

READ: After A Routine Surgery, This Latina Woke Up With A British Accent

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There Is A Tribute Concert To Selena Planned For This Year And Here

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There Is A Tribute Concert To Selena Planned For This Year And Here

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It has been 25 years since Selena Quintanilla was killed by Yolanda Saldívar. Since then, Selena’s fandom has continued to grow as younger generations have discovered her music. In honor of the late singer, a tribute concert is happening on May 9 and here is the information we have so far.

Music is taking a moment to honor Selena with a 25th-year tribute concert.

SelenaXXV is happening at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The concert is bringing together some of the biggest names in Latin music to give fans a night to remember centered around La Reina of Tejano music.

The concert is happening on Saturday, May 9 in San Antonio because texas is the only place to have this concert.

Selena’s place in Latin music history is undeniable. She was the first major Latina musician to start breaking down barriers for future Latino artists to rise in mainstream music. Her crossover songs brought our culture and experience to mainstream music audiences.

Here are a few of the artists you can expect to see at the SelenaXXV concert:

Pitbull

There’s no way you can have a tribute concert to a Latin music legend without Mr. Worldwide. The Cuban musician has spent his career bettering his community and giving Latino representation around the world. Who better to keep the hyped energy for the concert that Pitbull?

Los Tucanes de Tijuana

We are definitely feeling this norteño take on Selena’s classics. The band is wildly popular for their solid and incredible norteño sound and we can only imagine what they will prepare to honor Selena. Mexican legends giving praise to a Mexican-American legend is everything.

Becky G

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The Inglewood native already showed her respect and love for Selena during her last concert in Texas. The singer belted out a beautiful rendition of “Dreamin’ of You,” one of Selena’s most famous songs. It just seems like a natural choice to have Becky G back in San Antonio for more Selena tributes.

Ally Brooke

The former Fifth Harmony band member took the stage during the 2019 Miss Universe pageant to sing a medley of Selena’s songs. Fans of the pageant and of Selena were ecstatic that Selena was getting some recognition during one of the biggest pageants in the world.

You can find out all of the details and where to buy tickets to show here.

Who else is buying tickets to see the show?

READ: 25 Years After Her Death, A San Antonio Art Museum Is Displaying Some Never-Before-Seen Photos Of Selena

Becky G Performs Tribute To Selena At San Antonio Concert

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Becky G Performs Tribute To Selena At San Antonio Concert

It has been 25 years since Selena Quintanilla was killed by her fan club president Yolanda Saldívar. Despite the time we have spent without La Reina of Tejano music on this earth, her fandom and power continue to grow every day. The proof is in the number of covers and tributes to her and Becky G is now one of the artists.

Becky G used part of her concert at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo venue to honor a Texas great: Selena Quintanilla.

The Inglewood singer followed a playbook that many artists have used when playing in Texas but giving Selena a little bit of love. It has become a tradition for artists to do special renditions of Selena’s hits when they are performing at a Texas venue.

The Texas audience was muy excited when Becky G began to sing “Dreamin’ of You.”

Several artists who have passed through Texas have taken a moment in their concert to cover a Selena song. Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, and Camila Cabello all sang Selena music during their Texas concerts last year and the effort was super appreciated by Texas fans.

Even fans who couldn’t go to the concert are sharing their love and appreciation for the performance.

Legit, Becky G did that in San Antonio. Selena holds a very important place in musical history and even more important place in the hearts of Latino music lovers. She was the first big recognition Latinos had in the music world, especially with her English crossover.

Good job keeping Selena’s legacy alive, Becky G.

It has been 25 years since Selena was killed by her fan club president Yolanda Saldívar. In the 25 years, Selena’s star has continued to grow. She continues to win music awards because of ho much Latinos love her music and what she represented. She recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was immortalized with a wax figure by Madame Tussauds.

READ: Watch Kacey Musgraves Sing In Spanish Covering Selena’s ‘Como La Flor’ In Texas