Prior to the attack, Katie was model and budding TV presenter. The attack destroyed her - both physically and mentally. She spent seven weeks in the hospital followed by two years where she had to wear a special pressurized mask for 23 hours out of every day.
After her surgeries, Katie spent time at a specialist rehabilitation center in France. Here, she began interacting with other burn victims. It was the beginning to a long journey for Katie to reclaim her life. She researched support for burn victims and learned about many cutting edge techniques for dealing with the scars.
Katie endured several reconstructive surgeries on her face for the next several years. In 2009, she shared her story in a Channel Four documentary called: Katie - My Beautiful Face. In 2011, she wrote a book called: Beautiful. Katie's hopes are that others will find strength and hope through her story.
Katie also started her own foundation to help raise awareness and give support to burn victims. It is called the Katie Piper Foundation and you can read more about it here: www.katiepiperfoundation.org.uk.
Katie Piper is moving forward with her life and helping others in the process - a truly remarkable young woman. "I am living proof that disfigurement doesn't have to destroy lives. I am happy with who I am and I have learned to live with disfigurement, and that scars don't mean am in attractive," sad Katie.
See a truly inspirational video from Katie here: http://vimeo.com/35895292