Thirty–six-year-old model and television presenter Katie Piper is relieved after having life-changing surgery to save the movement of her right eye, which was left blind after she was involved in a horrific acid attack in 2008. The pioneering surgery will hopefully restore the movement in her eyelid so she can continue work on her charity, books and podcast.
Katie appeared on Lorraine through a video call in which she spoke to presenter Christine Lampard about the success of the procedure. After the interview Katie was going to make her way to the hospital for her dressing changed and bandage to be removed.
The attack that changed her life
At 24 years old, the model was left with life changing injuries after being attacked with sulphuric acid by Stefan Sylvestre, an act that was orchestrated by her toxic ex boyfriend David Lynch. Her ex was given two life sentences and the attacker served only six years of his sentence, being released from jail in 2018
Since then Katie has dedicated her life to advocating for other burns victims and women’s empowerment. Katie shares positive affirmations on her Instagram every day, even sharing a quote pre-operation which read, ’only I can be me and that is my power’.
Katie’s procedure and the aftermath
Katie’s eye has been getting infected a lot therefore the skin graft in which her eyelid was crucial. The influencer gave an update to her 957,000 Instagram followers yesterday explaining how she couldn’t close her eye before the procedure and even going on her phone was painful.
After having over 200 surgeries since the attack which was 12 years ago, the model had no apprehension about the procedure, stating:
“I felt fine about it. It’s something I’ve had done before, it’s a skin graft to my eyelid.”
However, her youngest daughter, Penelope Diane, was hesitant about Katie’s pirate-like eye patch. Katie revealed in a recent Instagram that it took a while for the two-year-old to warm up to her new look, but when the cuddles came it made her day!
We wish Katie a speedy recovery from the operation and we can’t wait for more positive affirmations for her to fill our feeds with!