Doco: Katie: My Beautiful Face on TV3

9:30pm – Tuesday, January 3 on TV 3

Katie was young and beautiful, but a vicious acid attack destroyed her face. Now Katie: My Beautiful Face follows Katie as she tries to re-build her life. Katie: My Beautiful Face screens on Tuesday, January 3 rd at 9:30pm on 3. A model and budding TV presenter, 24-year-old Katie had a glowing future ahead of her. But in 2008, a vicious acid attack destroyed her face, and with it her career and her life as she knew it. More than a year on, and having undergone countless operations and rounds of physiotherapy, she has now chosen to give up her anonymity and tell her own story for the first time.

“I’ve decided to tell my story so that people know what these men did to me,” Kate explains to UK’s Channel 4. “To help people understand who have ignorance about people that look different, and for people not to be frightened of burns and the stigma attached to it, to understand that it’s still the same person underneath.”

Kate now wears a plastic pressure mask for 23-hours a day to flatten her scars and keep in moisture. “I was a fun person. I had lots of friends. If I went somewhere and people met me for the first time they would say ‘Oh, you’re really pretty’ and I would think ‘Yeah, I am’,” she continues.

But following the attack and only able to communicate by writing, she had told her mother Diane: “Kill me”. When Katie first saw her face after surgery, she was shocked. “I remember thinking, you know, ‘someone’s going to have to hand me another mirror because this one is totally broken’. And then I realised that it was me.” “I just wanted to just smack it in my face and just cut my face open and tear the whole thing off,” she adds. Kate still suffers nightmares about her terrible ordeal and makes sure that every door and window at her parents’ house is locked before bed.

“I think I’ve got the chance to build a life. I don’t think it’s going to be that easy, but I want to try,” she says. “I want to move on from my attack, and I don’t want to be a scared little child. I want to blossom into a confident, able woman.

“My dream would be just to live a normal life and after all this be able to meet somebody again and learn to trust a guy and the normal dream: a girl wants to get married and have kids.”

“Coming to terms with the fact that my life as I knew it before the acid attack was over, and that my facial appearance had changed forever, has been incredibly difficult.”

Katie: My Beautiful Face screens on Tuesday, January 3 rd at 9:30pm on 3.

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