Katie Piper's story: exclusive video interview with her mother

May 18, 2012
Katie Piper and her mother Diane embrace

Acid attack survivor Katie Piper talks with her mother about their extraordinary journey to recovery - watch the video here

 
The mother of acid attack survivor Katie Piper has revealed how a surgeon’s promise kept her going in the weeks following her daughter's harrowing assault.

In an exclusive mother-daughter interview for the Big Issue, Diane Piper pays tribute to the work of surgeon Dr Mohammad Jawad, who told her in the early days of Katie’s treatment: “I promise I will get her back. You will have your daughter back.”

Katie, a former model and aspiring TV presenter, was subjected to a vicious rape at the hands of her ex-boyfriend who then paid an accomplice to throw sulphuric acid over her in 2008. Both are now serving life sentences.

The acid stripped the skin from Katie’s face, neck and hands and blinded her in one eye. Katie underwent more than forty operations and spent up to 23 hours a day in a plastic pressure mask to repair the damage wreaked on her face and body.

In an emotional conversation between Diane and Katie, they reveal the laughter and tears behind a family’s extraordinary journey to recovery.

In one moving sequence, Diane tells her daughter. “You’ve had to show extra strength to get over what you got over. You’ve also given something back: you’ve reached out to and inspired other people.”

Primary school teacher and mother-of-three Diane gave up her job to become the 24-year-old’s full-time carer. During that time Katie spent seven weeks under Dr Jawad in the Chelsea and Westminster hospital, and months in the Ster rehabilitation centre in France, as well as being nursed by her family at home.

Katie founded the The Katie Piper Foundation in 2009 to bring the suffering of burns and disfigurement victims into the public eye.

Watch the mother-daughter interview here:

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