'It's a love like no other' - Katie Piper introduces her baby daughter to the world for the first time
Acid attack victim Katie Piper has showed the world her baby daughter for the first time.
The new mum has undergone more than 100 operations to reconstruct her face after she was severely disfigured in an acid attack arranged by her ex-boyfriend in 2008.
She gave birth to her little girl Belle Elizabeth on March 14 by caesarean and told Hello! magazine how returning to hospital added a special resonance.
‘‘To have had my own life saved in hospital and then to be there giving life to this precious little person, I thought, this is why, this is what it's all about,’’ she said in an interview.
Six years since her vicious attack, the former model said having a baby has given her ‘‘true fulfilment’’.
‘‘People used to say to me, 'It's a love like no other,' and I understand that now. She's so precious and I just feel so incredibly blessed to have her. She's our world.
The 30-year-old had been unsure whether she would ever be able to conceive with her carpenter boyfriend James after her medical traumas.
‘‘I already felt grateful that, after the attack, I'd managed to restore a life, have a job, friends, a social life, and I thought, you can't expect to have everything, this is enough.
‘‘Then to meet and fall in love with James, a man I knew I wanted to have a baby with and who makes me so happy, and now to have Belle - it's just amazing,’’ she added.
New mum Katie Piper
The mum posed for an exclusive photograph for the magazine with her bundle of joy wrapped in a bright pink blanket.
‘‘Most of all I want her to be happy. I thought I knew, after all that happened to me, what happiness meant, but having Belle has shown me what true fulfilment is,’’ she insisted.
The star took to Twitter to announce the birth of her daughter ten days ago.
‘‘I am delighted to tell you that our daughter Belle Elizabeth was born today! Overwhelmed with happiness. We can’t wait to get to know her!’’ she posted.
Since her brutal assault, she has launched a successful career as a television presenter and author, as well as running The Katie Piper Foundation.
The charity aims to improve outcomes for burns survivors, helps with rehabilitation and provides a number of other support services.
Her recovery has been the subject of the documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face, which aired in 2009.
The full interview is the new edition of Hello! which is out now