A woman disfigured by a car fire which killed her sister has written a book on the battle to rebuild her life.

//A woman disfigured by a car fire which killed her sister has written a book on the battle to rebuild her life.

A woman disfigured by a car fire which killed her sister has written a book on the battle to rebuild her life.

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Beauty for Ashes: The Miracle of Melanie Grimsley, was co-written by former UTV journalist Ivan Little.

Melanie Grimsley, 25, overcame a lifetime of stares and taunts after suffering severe facial burns during the 1988 blaze when she was just two.

The Co Fermanagh mother of two has recovered her life and raised a family after undergoing scores of painful skin-graft operations and receiving millions of stitches as doctors worked to mend her face and hands.

Melanie dedicated the book to her late sister Amanda, who was almost three in April 1988 when a still-unexplained fire swept through the family car, an Austin Maestro, after their mother Pamela Grimsley went to a shop in Enniskillen to buy milk.

Oliver Quinn risked his life to save Ms Grimsley, who sustained third-degree burns, from the inferno but was unable to rescue her sister.

Ms Grimsley wears a wig and discussed her dark days of breakdowns, depression and despair as she tackled the demons which caused her to tell her father that she hated herself and wished she was dead.

She recalled how she grew to fear her regular hospital visits and how medical staff had to hold her down to administer injections prior to her many operations.

2017-02-23T18:09:44+00:00

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