Katie Piper is an English philanthropist, television presenter and former model, who rebuilt her life after surviving a brutal attack in 2008 at the age of 24, in which she had sulphuric acid thrown in her face.
The acid attack, which blinded her in one eye, was instigated by her ex-boyfriend and carried out by an accomplice. Both men were arrested and are serving life sentences. Following the incident, Katie spent two months in the Burns Unit at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where she was initially placed in an induced coma in intensive care. Surgeons then performed pioneering surgery on her face, after which she went to an intensive burn rehabilitation unit in France to undergo a lengthy course of scar management techniques.
Just over a year after the attack, Katie made the decision to give up her anonymity and share her story in a remarkable film for Channel 4's Cutting Edge series, called Katie: My Beautiful Face. It was watched by over 3.5 million people and was nominated for Best Single Documentary at the BAFTA Television Awards in 2010.
At the same time. Katie set up her own charity, The Katie Piper Foundation, which helps people to come to terms with burns and scarring and envisages a world where such issues do not limit a person's function, social inclusion or sense of well being. Simon Cowell supported Katie's mission by becoming the patron of the charity, and he remains actively involved.
Since then, Katie has appeared on a number of television and radio programmes to talk about her experience, including The TV Show (Channel 4), Live From Studio Five, Woman's Hour (BBC Radio 4), BBC Breakfast, This Morning (ITV) and Loose Women (ITV).
Katie's autobiography, Beautiful, was published in 2011. Segments of the book were serialised over two weeks in The Mail On Sunday newspaper. Subsequent books that Katie has written include Things Get Better: If You Believe Then You Will Survive, Start Your Day With Katie, and Beautiful Ever After.
Katie was voted Woman Of The Year 2011 and subsequently received a special recognition award at The Pride Of Britain Awards in London.
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