by Zero Hedge - December 25th, 2009 8:12 am
Tragic story, with a powerful message. – Ilene
Courtesy of Leo Kolivakis
Submitted by Leo Kolivakis, publisher of Pension Pulse.
The Telegraph recently published an article, Appreciate beauty, acid attack victim tells Christmas viewers:
The model and aspiring TV presenter before the attack has received thousands of supportive messages from the public.
In her message, appeared in a Cutting Edge documentary titled Katie: My Beautiful Face this autumn -she reflects on her progress over the last year and how strangers’ words of kindness have helped her to move forward.
Piper was left fighting for her life after former boyfriend Daniel Lynch raped her and then arranged for another man to hurl the corrosive liquid.
The acid burned through all four layers of skin on her face, some spilling down her throat, and she was left blind in one eye.
Piper has undergone more than 30 operations on her face and throat.
But she tells how it took the tragedy for her to reassess her ”self-obsessed” life.
Piper says: ”This year I wanted to give a Christmas message to everybody out there who might have had a Christmas like I did last year.
”In March 2008 I was attacked with acid and left fighting for my life. I was at an all time low, too scared to leave the house.
”I didn’t see how things could ever get better.”
She says that before the attack she would go home to her parents on Christmas Eve and: ”Have a few drinks, see them, spend Christmas Day with them chilling out and go home on Boxing Day.
”My life before was very self-absorbed, self-obsessed and it took a tragedy for me to reassess my life and how I felt and what I thought was important.”
Lynch sent Piper a message on Facebook and the pair began dating, but the martial arts fan quickly became obsessively jealous. He raped Piper in a London hotel room.
Lynch refused to let her return home for hours afterwards and telephoned her, insisting that she visit an internet cafe near her flat and mysteriously asking what she was wearing.
This was so that he could direct Stefan Sylvestre to throw acid over her.
In the wake of the attack and only able to communicate by writing, she told her mother Diane ”kill me”.
Piper decided to go