I’m trying to appreciate every day in my life since everything can be taken away from you in a heartbeat. 28-year-old Dana Vulin from Perth, Australia, got her whole life completely turned around when she encountered things no human being deserves.
She was attacked by a jealous woman and the assault resulted in a third degree burn on 64 percent of her body. The woman who attacked Dana was jealous because Dana was talking to a man during a New Year’s Eve party. She explained that she wanted to destroy Danas “pretty little face” before she set her on fire.
But this awful story also brings something good with it and that’s something we should talk about. Dana is one of the amazing people who won’t quit because of setbacks and fear. She went through several surgeries and tough rehabilitation with her head high. After plenty of skin transplants, she finally could take of her mask and show her new face. She chooses to do it in a public TV-show to draw attention to her way back to a normal life.
In an interview with Australian Channel Seven Sunday Night she explained: “I hope they see the scars. This is a part of me now.”
I think that her way to handle this is unbelievable. But it’s her inner beauty and determination I respect most of all. What a strong woman.
(We would also like to warn you for some strong pictures.)
The woman who attacked Dana was jealous after she found out that Dana talked to her husband at a New Year’s Eve party. Here’s Dana before the assault.
The jealous woman was seeking revenge for the “incident” and harassed Dana with threatening phone calls. “I’m gonna destroy your beautiful little face”, she told Dana.
The woman, Natalie Dimitrovska, broke into Danas apartment under the influence of drugs. She threw a form of ethanol at Dana and lighted her on fire. Dana could hear her laughter when she ran out of the apartment.
Dana suffered from a third degree burn on 64 percent of her body. She was so badly injured that her mother didn’t recognize her after the assault..
Dana admit that before the assault her life mostly circled around her looks. That was her main focus in life. But during the rehabilitation she realized that there are other values in life.
During the time her body healed, she had to wear a mask. “I felt like nobody, like nothing”. She also wore the mask in court. The woman who assaulted Dana was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
When Dana struggled to recover from the horrible attack she was handed painful news. Her doctor informed her that she suffered from cervical cancer. But Dana refused to surrender. She went through the surgery to remove the cancer and was announced that it was a successful surgery.
But the mask continued to persecute her. “It made me feel like a faceless person. That’s the best way to describe it.”
After two years of daily struggle Dana did her first interview on national television. Her fate and strength touched the heart of the viewers.
”It would have been easier to surrender and die, but I’ve never taken the easy paths… if anyone would ask me how I feel about my body today? Then I would answer that I’m extremely proud.”
She thought that her story would inspire others to find joy and hope during hard times. That’s why she decided to reveal her new look in the show.
When she removed the mask and showed her new face to the world, she plead the viewers not to focus on her look.
”I hope that they see a woman with strength, power, self-confidence, self-respect, courage, and determination.” I can only bow my head: What a fighter!
She’s saying that the attack helped her to find her true person. “I’m a strong person and something I’ve really learned from this is that I’ll never change. I know the true me.”
Dana is a living proof that it’s possible to heal both on the inside and outside! It’s so strong of her to talk about this in public.
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