- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 30, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) A woman who was severely burned at the World Trade Center was released from the hospital yesterday after four months of treatment, saying "I want to get back to the way I was."
Her face bandaged, Elaine Duch, 49, told reporters at Weill Cornell Hospital's Burn Center that she was on the 88th floor of one of the twin towers on September 11 when she was injured. Rescuers helped guide her down.
"I thank God that I'm here today," said Miss Duch, who was wearing an FDNY baseball cap. "Because when I got hurt on 88, I said, 'God save me,' and He did."
Miss Duch's burns were severe enough that she was given last rites before being taken to the hospital. Her glasses shattered from the heat.
"I don't know if I was on fire," she said.
Paul Adams, an emergency medical technician who helped rescue Miss Duch, visited her in the hospital every Sunday.
"She's a big inspiration," Mr. Adams said. "Elaine is definitely special I think one in a million."
Miss Duch is the 11th World Trade Center burn patient to be released from the medical center. She was brought there in "very critical condition" on September 11 with burns over 77 percent of her body and severe smoke-inhalation injuries.
She said a strong will helped keep her alive. "I didn't want to die."
She also considers herself lucky enough for a vacation.
"Definitely Atlantic City," she said. "Paul's going to take me."

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