acid attack survivor katie opens northern general burns unit

Katie Piper (centre), opens the burns unit at Sheffield Northern General Hospital on Tuesday (22 November, 2011). Looking on are chair David Stone and health professionals.

Katie Piper (centre), opens the burns unit at Sheffield Northern General Hospital on Tuesday (22 November, 2011). Looking on are chair David Stone and health professionals.

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FORMER model and TV presenter Katie Piper, who survived an acid attack, was the guest at the official opening of the Northern General Hospital’s new burns unit.

Now devoting her life to make living with burns and scars easier for patients and other sufferers, the 28-year-old visited the unit, which has 10 beds and full inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, making it one of the UK’s leading centres of care for burns patients.

Katie had sulphuric acid thrown in her face near her home in North London, and spent seven weeks in hospital undergoing pioneering surgery to rebuild her face, which involved multiple skin grafts.

She has now had more than 100 operations.

Her story was told in a Channel 4 documentary and she established the Katie Piper Foundation, with Simon Cowell as its patron, to help support burns survivors, to raise awareness of their experiences and to provide funding for better care and facilities.

David Stone, chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said the Sheffield unit was “a state-of-the-art facility that supports the leading specialists we have here in Sheffield. We are proud of the work it is doing in providing care for patients from Sheffield and across North Trent.”