Woman who suffered 96 per cent burns in holiday coach crash reveals video message Katie Piper sent her on Lorraine

Catrin Pugh, 24, was given just a one in 1,000 chance of survival after being pulled from the fiery wreckage in the French Alps in 2013.

But after more than 200 surgeries and years of rehabilitation, the young woman says she has learnt to be proud of her scars and embrace her appearance.

Catrin was supported through her ordeal by TV presenter Katie Piper, the inspirational survivor of a brutal acid attack that left her scarred for life.

And in an inspirational message to her friend on Lorraine today, Katie told Catrin: "You are one of the key people that are making it OK to be different."

Catrin, who now lives in Chester, Cheshire, said she was heartened by her friend's message as they both worked to do away with the stigma around beauty.

Speaking with Lorraine, Catrin said she even believed she was happier than before the crash that almost claimed her life when she was just 19.

She said: "I do think I'm happier, I've found what I want to do in life.

"Although trauma can be devastating, it can be uplifting. It can give you a sense of purpose of which I've been lucky enough to find."

The motivational speaker, who recently appeared at London Fashion Week, said she also wanted people to know it was OK to look different.

Catrin said: "I think my scars are beautiful and I think fashion and beauty is a way to enhance them, rather than to hide them.

"It took me a long time to get to that point."

She is thought to be the oldest person to survive such severe burns, with only the soles of her feet and scalp escaping injury.

She was awarded £1million in damages from the coach company after the vehicle crashed as it travelled down a steep mountain road near Alpe d'Huez.

She spent eight months at a specialist burns unit in Merseyside and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Catrin works with a number of charities, including the Katie Piper Foundation and Changing Faces.

The young woman recently appeared on the Portrait Positive show, featuring women with facial disfigurements and conditions.

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