Model Overcomes Pain of Brutal Acid Attack

"We actually talk about it now -- she wants to set up a clinic here in London so, you know, anyone who is burnt can go to this clinic for as much rehab as possible," said best friend Kay Little. "I think she's actually probably got a brighter future now than she had as a, you know, as a model and, and TV presenter."

Piper admits that, before the incident, she was self-obsessed.

"I was the most important thing in my life. There was always something in my life that I was missing and I never knew what that hole was. And after my accident I found a faith and, and I learned to believe in God and I started to pray…And that void has been filled in my life," she said. "I feel enriched in that way through the accident. And I think it's taught me that I don't want to be a cliche ...it has taught me that, you know, looks aren't everything."

Diane and David Piper couldn't be more proud of their daughter.

"She's been an inspiration to so many people. You know, the feedback she's had from complete strangers, who have said that she's changed their lives," Diane said. "She smiles an awful lot right now. It's wonderful to see her back again."

A jury found Stefan Sylvestre, the man who threw the acid, guilty of causing bodily harm. He received a life sentence, with a minimum of 12 years in prison. Piper's ex-boyfriend David Lynch, who orchestrated the attack, received two life sentences, and will serve at least 16 years in jail.

"I've got some terrible memories that will live with me forever," Piper said. "But slowly I'm replacing them with some fantastic memories that nobody can take away."

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Katie Piper's Foundation: http://www.katiepiperfoundation.org.uk/

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