A ‘new and amazing life’

Couple’s resilience after near-fatal accident inspires social media movement and book

With third- and fourth-degree burns over 85 percent of her body, Charlie Xavier’s chance of survival was slim following an accident last September. But being reunited with her husband, André, and their two sons, London (pictured) and Julian, was what kept her strong and motivated. “The most important thing for me was to get back home to my boys,” she says. Photo: Tristan Williams.

Support C-VILLE Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is Charlottesville’s leading newspaper. Founded in 1989, it’s been the area’s local source for informative (and informed) stories in news, arts, and living for more than 26 years.