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'I never thought I would see the old me again': Australian woman who was set alight by jealous wife removes her burns mask for the first time

VIDEO} Woman who suffered horrific burns after being set alight by jealous wife of a man she met briefly at a party prepares to remove her mask for the first timeDana Vulin preview

  • Dana Vulin, 28, was set on fire by Natalie Dimitrovska on February 16, 2012
  • Dimitrovska doused her in methylated spirits at her Perth home
  • She was jealous that Ms Vulin had spoken to her husband at a party
  • Ms Vulin suffered third-degree burns to two thirds of her body
  • She has worn a mask for the past two and a half years
  • She unveiled her new face on Sunday after reconstructive surgery 
  • She also reveals her recent cervical cancer diagnosis on Channel Seven's Sunday Night this weekend

The incredible courage and determination shone through on Dana Vulin's face as she removed the mask she has been forced to hide behind for the past two and a half years to reveal her miraculous transformation.
 

The 28-year-old was doused with methylated spirits and set on fire in her own home by a woman jealous of her beauty in a horrific premeditated attack to 'ruin her pretty face' on February 16, 2012.

After 30 months of agonising reconstructive surgery and more than 30 procedures, Ms Vulin's new look was unrecognisable as that of the woman whose life had been hanging in the balance with third degrees to two-thirds of her body just a few years ago.

In true 'Dana style', the inspiring woman from Perth, not known for doing things by halves, strutted down the catwalk at the West Australian Ballet Centre on Sunday to unveil the beginning of the rest of her life.

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Dana Vulin after being set alight in her own home in February 2012 (left) and her incredible new look (right)

The 28-year-old took off the mask that she has been forced to wear for two and a half years

The 28-year-old took off the mask that she has been forced to wear for two and a half years

Her first appearance after removing the mask: strutting along a catwalk at a fashion show in Perth

Her first appearance after removing the mask: strutting along a catwalk at a fashion show in Perth

Ms Vulin says goodbye to her mask forever after miraculous reconstruction surgery

Ms Vulin says goodbye to her mask forever after miraculous reconstruction surgery

Despite enduring constant pain since the horrific attack, Ms Vutlin worked hard on her rehabilitation to get her body in in shape.

'I'm going to make this burn my b****, I'm going to kick it in the face and I am going to rock scars, look hot with my scarred-up body and just make this work,' she said.

'It would've been easier to die but I've never taken the easy road to anything so. It is the hardest, rockiest, biggest mountain you can possibly think of.'

Part of the rehabilitation includes laser treatment which burns layers of tissue and then dripping her own plasma onto the broken skin.

'It's not an easy feat,' she concedes. 

The end result has seen her beam with pride of what she describes as a 's**t hot rig.'

'If I could turn back time and not be burnt or had the chance to not have my scars of course I would take it but if someone were to ask me how i feel about my body - I am damn proud of it,' she said. 

'I have worked so hard on it and I figured if I'm going to be burnt - I'm going to have a s**t hot rig.'

Ms Vutlin said it was 'overwhelming' to receive such a positive response from the audience

Ms Vutlin said it was 'overwhelming' to receive such a positive response from the audience

Her life had been hanging in the balance with third degrees to two-thirds of her body just a few years ago

Her life had been hanging in the balance with third degrees to two-thirds of her body just a few years ago

Ms Vutlin is looking forward to getting on with the rest of her life

Ms Vutlin is looking forward to getting on with the rest of her life

And what did she want people to see when she revealed her new look? 

'I hope they'll see strength, power, confidence, self respect, courage, determination - and I hope they see the scars because it's a part of me now and they see a new Dana. I am who I am and this is it,' she said.

Going out to a cafe with her sister, Svetlana, and being able to drink coffee from a cup, instead of having to sip through a straw, will now be the norm for Ms Vutlin.

The siblings cheered to 'literally her first taste of freedom'.

Then she instantly started to talk about possibilities that could occur in her new lease of life 

'Imagine how weird its going to be when I meet a guy,' Ms Vutlin said to her sister.

She struggled to find the words to describe how she felt when she first walked out in front of the audience.

'It's overwhelming - I'm glad I can start living my life now,' she said.

'In my wildest dreams in the beginning - I didn't for one second think I could look in the mirror and see the old Dana again.'  

'I will always love the person I am and that is what got me through this,' she said.

'I've always known who I am - i don't doubt myself. Oh my god just try to stop me.'

She said she could never have imagined recognising herself in the mirror 

She said she could never have imagined recognising herself in the mirror 

In true 'Dana style', she strutted down the catwalk at the West Australian Ballet Centre on Sunday to unveil the beginning of the rest of her life

In true 'Dana style', she strutted down the catwalk at the West Australian Ballet Centre on Sunday to unveil the beginning of the rest of her life

Sipping a coffee with her sister Svetlana (right) without having to use a straw will now be the norm

Sipping a coffee with her sister Svetlana (right) without having to use a straw will now be the norm

While she was preparing to take off her mask for the first time, Dana Vulin revealed she was fighting another battle, but this time, it's cancer. 

Ms Vutlin went numb as her doctor told her last October that she had cervical cancer. 

'As soon as I looked into his eyes I said to him, 'it's bad isn't it?' And he said, 'Yeah I'm sorry, you have cancer',' Ms Vulin told Channel Seven's Sunday Night show. 

'I just couldn't believe that, dealing with so much at once, there were times where I thought how much can one person deal with?' 

But after an operation to remove the abnormal cell,  Ms Vutlin was finally given some good news - she had kicked the cancer.

'There is so much I've had to deal with but you just have to do what you have to do,' she said. 

Receiving the good news from her doctor that she has kicked cervical cancer with her mum (left) and her sister Svetlana (right)

Receiving the good news from her doctor that she has kicked cervical cancer with her mum (left) and her sister Svetlana (right)

MsVulin suffered horrific burns to her face and body when she was attacked by Natalie Dimitrovska

MsVulin suffered horrific burns to her face and body when she was attacked by Natalie Dimitrovska

Ms Vulin worked hard nearly every day for 30 months to rebuild her life

Ms Vulin worked hard nearly every day for 30 months to rebuild her life

Ms Vulin was on her sofa at home in Perth, Western Australia on February 16, 2001, when a woman's voice said: 'Hello, Dana.'

Natalie Dimitrovska, the jealous estranged wife of a man named Edin who Ms Vulin had met at a New Year’s Eve party, stood before her.

Dimitrovska hurled a bottle of methylated spirits over Ms Vulin, a convicted drug user, while she was reportedly holding a lamp used for smoking crystal meth.

'I was pretty much instantly on fire,' a weeping Ms Vulin told Western Australia's District Court. 'I was a human fireball.'

'The moment I was on fire, [Dimitrovska and a male accomplice] just laughed and ran out of my apartment,' she added. 

Dana Vulin unveils her horrific burns after being set on fire
Ms Vulin, seen here before the attack, was set alight by a jealous estranged wife of a man she had met once

Ms Vulin, seen here before the attack, was set alight by a jealous estranged wife of a man she had met once

The university graduate always took pride in her appearance before the crime

The university graduate always took pride in her appearance before the crime

Since coming out of a coma, Dana has suffered agonising pain from her burns and has been forced to wear the pressure suit and mask between countless operations. 

'I've been faceless and it makes you feel like a nothing and a no one,' she said.

'I know who I am, but I'm beige. I don't have any expressions on my face, you can’t see my mouth, you can’t see my nose, you can literally only see my eyeballs, not my eyebrows. It makes me feel like a faceless nothing, that’s the best way to describe it.'

Of the mask that has covered her face for so long, she added: 'I respect the s**t out of this mask, and I appreciate it, but I also hate its guts. Without it I couldn't be where I am right now, but if I had a choice I'd rather endure physical pain than wear this mask.' 

Channel Seven reporter Rahni (left) is seen standing with Ms Vulin (right) behind a table full of her rehabilitation equipment and clothing

Channel Seven reporter Rahni (left) is seen standing with Ms Vulin (right) behind a table full of her rehabilitation equipment and clothing

She has suffered agonising pain from her burns and has been forced to wear the pressure suit and mask between countless operations

She has suffered agonising pain from her burns and has been forced to wear the pressure suit and mask between countless operations

'My skin and my burns and my scars are obviously a part of me now, but this is not me,' Ms Vulin says

'My skin and my burns and my scars are obviously a part of me now, but this is not me,' Ms Vulin says

Ms Vulin always took pride in her appearance before the attack and enjoyed having her hair and nails done regularly. 

‘Not one minute of my day is the same. Your exterior is a representation of your interior, and this is not me…my skin and my burns and my scars are obviously a part of me now, but this is not me. I’ve not been able to wear earrings, I had no hair so I haven’t been able to do anything with my hair, I’ve been fashion repeating for over two years.

'(When I look in the mirror) I see someone I know and someone I don’t know, does that make sense? It’s crazy what I’ve accepted as normal. It’s crazy that I've accepted wearing that mask all day and night normal, and having my face out as not normal and natural.'

The university graduate added: ‘It’s your identity, so I think in order for somebody to heal inside you have to heal on the outside. I have the right to have my face that I was born with back. Everyone has the right to have their face.' 

A sketch taken in Perth's District Court on July 22, 2013, of 28-year-old Natalie Dimitrovska, who was charged with grievous bodily harm after she allegedly set fire to acquaintance Dana Vulin in February 2012

A sketch taken in Perth's District Court on July 22, 2013, of 28-year-old Natalie Dimitrovska, who was charged with grievous bodily harm after she allegedly set fire to acquaintance Dana Vulin in February 2012

Dana Vulin leaves court after watching the woman who set her alight and left her to burn to death jailed by a Perth judge for 17 years

Dana Vulin leaves court after watching the woman who set her alight and left her to burn to death jailed by a Perth judge for 17 years

On October 11 2013, Dimitrovska wept as she was jailed for 17 years for grievous bodily harm with intent. 

In sentencing, Judge Bruce Goetze described the attack as being in the worst category of grievous bodily harm with intent. He said the attack was also premeditated as in the weeks leading up to the incident Dimitrovska had threatened to 'ruin (Ms Vulin’s) pretty face'.

Dimitrovska ran away after setting Ms Vulin on fire. 

'It is really difficult to imagine how one human being could leave while another human being is on fire,’ Judge Goetze said. 

‘It is totally unimaginable how you could not put out the flames, or try to do so, or at least call for help. Instead, you laughed and ran away.’ 

Speaking on Sunday Night, Ms Vulin said: 'I am a strong person, and more than anything that I've learnt in my burn is that I will never change and I know the person I am, and '’m confident in the woman that I am.'

To add insult to injury, Dimitrovska has appealed her sentence with the decision to be determined in the coming weeks.

'I don't have a chance to appeal my life sentence - jail is nothing compared to an hour in the shoes that I fill,' Ms Vutlin said.

Watch Dana Vulin's reveal on Channel Seven's Sunday Night on Sunday at 8.30pm.


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  • Dana Vulin, 28, was set on fire by Natalie Dimitrovska on February 16, 2012
  • Dimitrovska doused her in methylated spirits at her Perth home
  • She was jealous that Ms Vulin had spoken to her husband at a party
  • Ms Vulin suffered third-degree burns to two thirds of her body
  • She has worn a mask for the past two and a half years
  • She will unveil her new face after reconstructive surgery 
  • And reveal her recent cervical cancer diagnosis on Channel Seven's Sunday Night this weekend

While she is preparing to take off her mask for the first time, Dana Vulin has revealed she is fighting another battle, but this time, it's cancer.

The 28-year-old was doused with methylated spirits and set on fire by a woman jealous of her beauty two and a half years ago in a horrific premeditated attack to 'ruin her pretty face'.

On Sunday, after 30 months of agonising reconstructive surgery and more than 30 procedures, the Perth woman will take off the mask that she's been forced to wear to cover her burnt face.

Ms Vulin suffered third-degree burns to two thirds of her body, including her face, and has endured constant pain since the horrific attack.

She survived against incredible odds but recently, Ms Vulin revealed she suffered another agonising pain when she was told she has cervical cancer.

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Dana Vulin suffered horrific burns to her face and body when she was attacked by Natalie Dimitrovska

Dana Vulin suffered horrific burns to her face and body when she was attacked by Natalie Dimitrovska

'As soon as I looked into his eyes I said to him, 'it's bad isn't it?' And he said, 'Yeah I'm sorry, you have cancer',' Ms Vulin told Channel Seven's Sunday Night show. 

'I just couldn't believe that, dealing with so much at once, there were times where I thought how much can one person deal with?'

Appearing on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night this weekend Ms Vulin explained how her life has changed since the attack.

'In my wildest dreams in the beginning I didn't for one second think I could look in the mirror and see the old Dana again,' Ms Vulin said.

'I'm going to make this burn my b****, I'm going to kick it in the face and I am going to rock scars, look hot with my scarred-up body and just make this work.

'It would've been easier to die but I've never taken the easy road to anything so. It is the hardest, rockiest, biggest mountain you can possibly think of.'

The 28-year-old will take off the mask that she has been forced to wear for two and a half years

The 28-year-old will take off the mask that she has been forced to wear for two and a half years

Ms Vulin was on her sofa at home in Perth, Western Australia on February 16, 2001, when a woman's voice said: 'Hello, Dana.'

Natalie Dimitrovska, the jealous estranged wife of a man named Edin who Ms Vulin had met at a New Year’s Eve party, stood before her.

Dimitrovska hurled a bottle of methylated spirits over Ms Vulin, a convicted drug user, while she was reportedly holding a lamp used for smoking crystal meth.

'I was pretty much instantly on fire,' a weeping Ms Vulin told Western Australia's District Court. 'I was a human fireball.'

'The moment I was on fire, [Dimitrovska and a male accomplice] just laughed and ran out of my apartment,' she added. 

Dana Vulin unveils her horrific burns after being set on fire
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Ms Vulin, seen here before the attack, was set alight by a jealous estranged wife of a man she had met once

Ms Vulin, seen here before the attack, was set alight by a jealous estranged wife of a man she had met once

The university graduate always took pride in her appearance before the crime

The university graduate always took pride in her appearance before the crime

Since coming out of a coma, Dana has suffered agonising pain from her burns and has been forced to wear the pressure suit and mask between countless operations. 

'I've been faceless and it makes you feel like a nothing and a no one,' she said.

'I know who I am, but I'm beige. I don't have any expressions on my face, you can’t see my mouth, you can’t see my nose, you can literally only see my eyeballs, not my eyebrows. It makes me feel like a faceless nothing, that’s the best way to describe it.'

Of the mask that has covered her face for so long, she added: 'I respect the s**t out of this mask, and I appreciate it, but I also hate its guts. Without it I couldn't be where I am right now, but if I had a choice I'd rather endure physical pain than wear this mask.' 

Channel Seven reporter Rahni (left) is seen standing with Ms Vulin (right) behind a table full of her rehabilitation equipment and clothing

Channel Seven reporter Rahni (left) is seen standing with Ms Vulin (right) behind a table full of her rehabilitation equipment and clothing

She has suffered agonising pain from her burns and has been forced to wear the pressure suit and mask between countless operations

She has suffered agonising pain from her burns and has been forced to wear the pressure suit and mask between countless operations

'My skin and my burns and my scars are obviously a part of me now, but this is not me,' Ms Vulin says

'My skin and my burns and my scars are obviously a part of me now, but this is not me,' Ms Vulin says

Ms Vulin always took pride in her appearance before the attack and enjoyed having her hair and nails done regularly. 

‘Not one minute of my day is the same. Your exterior is a representation of your interior, and this is not me…my skin and my burns and my scars are obviously a part of me now, but this is not me. I’ve not been able to wear earrings, I had no hair so I haven’t been able to do anything with my hair, I’ve been fashion repeating for over two years.

'(When I look in the mirror) I see someone I know and someone I don’t know, does that make sense? It’s crazy what I’ve accepted as normal. It’s crazy that I've accepted wearing that mask all day and night normal, and having my face out as not normal and natural.'

The university graduate added: ‘It’s your identity, so I think in order for somebody to heal inside you have to heal on the outside. I have the right to have my face that I was born with back. Everyone has the right to have their face.' 

A sketch taken in Perth's District Court on July 22, 2013, of 28-year-old Natalie Dimitrovska, who was charged with grievous bodily harm after she allegedly set fire to acquaintance Dana Vulin in February 2012

A sketch taken in Perth's District Court on July 22, 2013, of 28-year-old Natalie Dimitrovska, who was charged with grievous bodily harm after she allegedly set fire to acquaintance Dana Vulin in February 2012

Dana Vulin leaves court after watching the woman who set her alight and left her to burn to death jailed by a Perth judge for 17 years

Dana Vulin leaves court after watching the woman who set her alight and left her to burn to death jailed by a Perth judge for 17 years

On October 11 2013, Dimitrovska wept as she was jailed for 17 years for grievous bodily harm with intent. 

In sentencing, Judge Bruce Goetze described the attack as being in the worst category of grievous bodily harm with intent. He said the attack was also premeditated as in the weeks leading up to the incident Dimitrovska had threatened to 'ruin (Ms Vulin’s) pretty face'.

Dimitrovska ran away after setting Ms Vulin on fire. 

'It is really difficult to imagine how one human being could leave while another human being is on fire,’ Judge Goetze said. 

‘It is totally unimaginable how you could not put out the flames, or try to do so, or at least call for help. Instead, you laughed and ran away.’ 

Speaking on Sunday Night, Ms Vulin said: 'I am a strong person, and more than anything that I've learnt in my burn is that I will never change and I know the person I am, and '’m confident in the woman that I am.'

Watch Dana Vulin's reveal on Channel Seven's Sunday Night on Sunday at 8.30pm.

 

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Comment by SWEET STACIA on October 7, 2014 at 6:45am
Comment by Michele Richards on October 6, 2014 at 9:50pm
She had just met the husband and had a conversation with him for the first time at a new year eves party, jealous b****, decided she was competition in the future so was taking the competition out before it happened. Moo moo idiot, now look the world can have her hubby if they want and no wife in the picture for 17 years!
Comment by tommy trouble on October 6, 2014 at 6:42pm
Wife was just a hater, jealous because her rival was better looking so she tried to make her ugly, I bet even burnt up she still looks better than her.
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on October 6, 2014 at 3:10pm
Now is your chance to foop her husband.
Comment by judy maya on October 6, 2014 at 12:23pm
Wicked act!! She should stay in prison!!
Comment by Michele Richards on October 6, 2014 at 10:42am
She deserves more than the 17 years for her criminal activity, she could have killed her. I think she deserved attempted murder charges as she wanted her to die from burning, setting her on fire and leaving. I wonder what the accomplice got, or was he never charged. Dana looks great, thank god you lived and that b**** is in jail, hope she stays there and more years are added. Foolish SOB trying to reduce her sentence and she did this horrible crime!
Comment by Cee Gee on October 6, 2014 at 9:50am

For what it's worth, why do women get mad at the other woman?  What about your husband?  As for this case, she seems like a very jealous woman who would probably not want any woman speaking to her husband.

Comment by Sashae Brown on October 6, 2014 at 9:12am
Jealousy is never something to play with.
Comment by lynz on October 5, 2014 at 8:02pm
this s*** ain't cool yo

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