Katie Piper has revealed that she is in the hospital for another surgery on her eyelid after an acid attack in 2008.
The activist and presenter, 37, remained positive when she shared an update with followers on Tuesday while in a hospital bed.
She explained how she had a planned skin graft on her right eye after the acid attack blinded her in that eye.
Tough: Katie Piper revealed she’s in hospital for new eyelid surgery after acid attack in 2008
Speaking to her Instagram story, she said: ‘Good morning dear folks, I have a very optimistic confirmation for you guys today. March 30, what happened in the past has been done. It is the actions you take next that will determine the rest of your life.
‘I find that very exciting confirmation, knowing that there is so much more in front of you than behind you. I think sometimes the past is best left where it belongs. ‘
She added: ‘Thanks for all the messages, I’m fine. I have a planned operation on my eyelid. I have another skin graft on my right eye. ‘
Strong: The activist and presenter, 37, remained positive when she shared an update with followers on Tuesday while in a hospital bed
On Monday, she also shared an empowering message on her grid as she prepared for a workout that read, “I have a strong and positive start to the week before moving into another surgery tomorrow!”
Below the post, Katie was also inundated with messages from followers wishing for her well in advance of her last surgery.
Katie survived a sulfuric acid attack orchestrated by her ex-boyfriend in 2008 that caused significant damage to her face and left her blind in one eye.
Difficult: She explained how she underwent a planned skin graft on her right eye after the acid attack blinded her in that eye
Mindset: On Monday, she also shared a powerful message on her grid as she prepared for a workout that read, ‘I have a strong and positive start to the week before moving into another surgery tomorrow!’
The gruesome attack was staged by her obsessive ex-partner, Daniel Lynch, but was carried out by accomplice Stefan Sylvestre in a pre-planned street attack outside her North London home.
Lynch was subsequently given two life sentences, while Sylvestre served six years of his own life sentence. He was released in 2018.
Katie had more than 40 surgeries to treat her burns, including a groundbreaking surgery in which the damaged skin was completely removed from her face and replaced with a replacement.
In July 2019, 12 years after the attack, she underwent another surgery to cauterize the blood vessels in her left eye.
Life-changing: Katie survived a sulfuric acid attack orchestrated by her ex-boyfriend in 2008 that caused significant damage to her face and blinded her in one eye
The acid, some of which Piper had swallowed, blinded her left eye and caused partial and full thickness burns.
Although it has now been over 12 years since the attack, Katie has previously said that her ‘heart never sinks’ when she was told she would need more surgeries.
Speak against The mirror in November, Katie explained, “You can look at it like this, or you can say, it’s extraordinary to live, because women who are harshly attacked in other countries actually die.”
“They don’t have NHS, and they don’t have the advanced drugs we have here. So I think my heart would never sink, life is a gift that I am still here. ‘
In November, Katie received an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in honor of her achievements as a leader in the healthcare industry.
Activist Katie was honored for her pioneering work in establishing the Katie Piper Foundation – which supports burn survivors, along with their families and caregivers.
The Foundation has also opened a rehabilitation center in the UK – reaching out to survivors to provide tailor-made rehabilitation programs remotely.
Well Done: In November, Katie received an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to mark her achievements as a leader in healthcare
Katie shares her daughters Belle, six, and Penelope, three, with husband Richard Sutton.
In February 2019, the presenter flew to Pakistan for major surgery with her long-term plastic surgeon, Dr. Muhammad Ali Jawad.
Dr. Jawad was in charge of the star’s reconstruction surgery after she was attacked with sulfuric acid in 2008.
Dr. Jawad and his team of surgeons completely removed the skin from Katie’s face and replaced it with a skin substitute, Matriderm, to lay the foundation for a skin graft. This groundbreaking procedure was the first of its kind to be performed in one go.
After surgery, Katie was put into an induced coma for 12 days. Since then, she has undergone more than 200 surgeries to treat her injuries.
In 2018, she wrote in National Geographic: ‘It has been a decade since I survived a sulfuric acid attack that left me with severe burns on my face, over the years I have worked to redefine my sense of identity.
In injuries like mine, your face can be so damaged that your facial expressions cannot convey how you feel, and you may even lose your ability to smile.
‘It can be an isolating experience, you feel your way inside but look very different from the outside, after more than 200 surgeries since my attack I have accepted that my old face is gone.’
Love: Katie shares her daughters Belle, six, and Penelope, three, with husband Richard Sutton (pictured together in 2019)