In 2011, Dana Vulin was the victim of a brutal attack that left her body covered in third-degree burns. Vulin, 28, was sitting at home when she was attacked by Natalie Dimitrovksa, the estranged wife of a man Vulin had recently met.
Vulin was near an open flame when the attack happened. Dimitrovska and a male accomplice appeared in her apartment and said an eerie “Hello, Dana” before tossing highly flammable denatured alcohol on her and setting her on fire. She was immediately covered in a swarm of flames.
“I was pretty much instantly on fire,” Vulin told an Australian District Court during a recent trial. “I was a human fireball. The moment I was on fire, [Dimitrovska and a male accomplice] just laughed and ran out of my apartment.”
Vulin barely survived the attack, and two-thirds of her body was covered in third-degree burns. Vulin was placed in a coma for months as doctors painstakingly reconstructed her skin. In the years since the attack, Vulin has worn a mask as her skin continues to heal. This Sunday, in a special with Australia’s Sunday Night program, she’ll reveal her reconstructed face for the first time.
"I'm going to make this burn my b*tch, 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."
Vulin says she “respects the sh*t” out of the mask but also hates its presence in her life.
(Vulin, before the attack - via MailOnline)
"I respect the sh*t out of this mask and appreciate it,” she told Yahoo Australia. “And I also hate its guts. Without I couldn't be where I am at now but essentially I've been faceless and it makes you feel like a nothing and a no one.”
As if her recovery from the attack hasn’t been hard enough, Vulin was recently told by her doctor that she has cervical cancer. As you’d expect, she plans on fighting the cancer with same unbreakable spirit she used to recover from the burns.
(Vulin, after the attack - via MailOnline)
Dimitrovska, meanwhile, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for the attack. The presiding judge over the case, Judge Bruce Goetze, had some damning words for her.
“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.”