Katie Piper from Hampshire is a former model and TV presenter, back in 2008 she was the victim of a horrific acid face attack when sulfuric acid was thrown in her face. Sulfuric acid if you do not know what it is, is a heavy corrosive oily liquid which attacks and destroys metals, a very hazardous material and yet a human being still picked this up and threw it in her face, what type of person does such a thing? In this moment as Katie said she could hear screaming a lot of screaming as though it was someone else, she even was wishing at the time that they would just be quiet but eventually reality hit her; that it was her screaming.
Katie Piper was left with a disfigured face due to the violent acid attack that was arranged by her ex boyfriend David Lynch. The attack took place in North London and David Lynch’s accomplice Stefan Sylvestre carried out the attack on Katie, they were arrested for this crime and are serving a life sentence in prison for this. Katie Piper has been through a traumatic exprience and has come a very long way since this event. Since being treated at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital and having surgeons remove all the skin off her face she has now re-built her features and shown how strong she has become from the horrific incident back in 2008.
Her face has gone through many stages of redevelopment, she is an inspiration to us all on how far she has come. Imagine having to go from one day looking at pure beauty in a mirror to having your face rebuilt from scratch. Her surgeons rebuilt her face with a skin substitute and then a skin graft in a 6 hour operation and after it was a long and painful journey overall that you could not even imagine going through. It was not just Katie’s face that was affected from the acid attack, her throat, arms, hands, neck and cleavage were also badly burnt and those injuries were the worst her medical team had ever seen before them. Due to the damage that was caused on her oesophagus it meant she had to be fed through a tube in her stomach. Katie went through a horrific journey and had to have more than 30 surgeries just to clear blockages and clear scar tissue so she could eat and drink. We cannot imagine how awful this must have been for her, but she stayed strong and battled through and stands before us today a strong woman who is respected in so many ways
The Katie Piper Foundation And Spreading Awareness
Since the acid face attack Katie Piper has increased awareness on her condition. Back in 2009 a documentary was made Katie: My Beautiful Face and was first aired on the 29th October 2009. The programme focussed on Katie’s life after the previous years event, undergoing countless operations and physiotherapy, she chose to give up her anonymity and tell her own story for the first time. She then followed on to make another documentary My Beautiful friends, millions were moved by this. The four-part documentary series followed Katie Piper’s progress and the set up of the charity foundation she built.
Katie Piper did increase awareness by the documentaries she made and she even made an autobiography and writes a weekly column for Reveal magazine. Furthermore, she has set up a foundation called The Katie Piper Foundation. She rightly deserved being labelled ”Woman of the Year 2011″. Her charity supports people and helps them to live with scars and burns, as stated on the foundations statement. The foundation statement declares that they work towards healing burnt victims, delivering a rehabilitation that is growing into the future, The foundation will be looking to invest in residential facilities that will enable burnt victims to fully recover and have treatments but also interact with others who are suffering from the same condition; supporting each other every step of the way.
Katie Piper 2012 Support And Followers
We would like to thank Katie Piper for being an amazing person by reaching out to others and helping them. You are an inspiration to us all and speaking to your followers here is what Zoe Riddell from Kent had to say:
“I first became aware of Katie Piper on Christmas Day 2009 when channel 4 aired ‘My Beautiful face’. The programme had a massive, massive impact on me. The physical and emotional suffering Katie endured as a consequence of her brutal attack was beyond human comprehension to say the least. What really struck a chord with me, was Katie’s bravery, strength and refusal to lurk in the shadows and become a ‘victim’ of her evil attackers. Her ability to find gentle humour in the ‘ridiculousness’ of her new identity as an acid attack victim was touching and reduced me to tears. Through true determination and sheer courageousness, Katie has turned her situation full circle; From a situation of darkness, evil and despair she has emerged as a shining beacon of positivity, light, hope and inspiration, not only for people with burns, facial disfigurements or victims of rape- but for any young girl, man, woman or child who has struggled with adversity and set-backs in their life. Never give up and never be defeated by anything or anyone is her message. Katie Piper is a modern day heroine and I love her!!!”