The Story of a Woman Who Survived Burns on 96% of Her Body and Shook Up the Beauty Industry

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Catrin Pugh is a remarkable young woman who has inspired many with her story of resilience and determination. In 2013, at the age of 19, Pugh was involved in a horrific bus crash while on vacation in the French Alps. She suffered extensive burns on over 96% of her body and was given just a 1% chance of survival.

She almost didn’t have any chance to survive.

Catrin Pugh was born and raised in North Wales, UK, and was a typical teenager with a passion for travel and adventure. In April 2013, she was on a ski trip in the French Alps with a group of friends when the bus they were traveling on crashed and caught fire.

Pugh was trapped in the burning bus and suffered extensive burns to her face, arms, legs, and torso. She was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble, France, where doctors gave her a 1% chance of survival. Only the soles of her feet and a few patches on her scalp were untouched by the fire.

She had 200 surgeries.

Despite the odds, Pugh fought on. She underwent over 200 surgeries and countless hours of painful rehabilitation, and slowly but surely, she began to recover. Today, she is proud to call herself a burn survivor and is passionate about helping others who have experienced similar trauma.

“My main goal is to show people that you can have a life after such trauma and such traumatic injury and life can be fulfilling and positive and whatever you want it to be,” declared Pugh.

She didn’t lose hope and made her dreams come true.

Since her accident, Pugh has accomplished more than many could ever dream of. She has become a physiotherapist and motivational speaker, sharing her story with audiences around the world to inspire others to overcome adversity and achieve their goals.

She has also become an advocate for burn survivors, working with charities and organizations to raise awareness about the physical and emotional challenges faced by those who have suffered burns. Her efforts have helped to improve the lives of countless people, and her message of hope has touched the hearts of millions.

In recognition of her achievements, Pugh has been honored with numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration at the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

Additionally, she is also the face of the beauty brand, Avon, and has even modeled at London Fashion Week and for a charity that supports people who “look different.”

Catrin Pugh’s remarkable story is a testament to the power of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. Despite facing unimaginable challenges, she refused to give up and instead found the strength to overcome her injuries and build a new life for herself.

Of course, she’s had ups and downs along the way, but she never lost her will, explaining, “I’d like to think people would look at me and see that the future looks bright, but I don’t think it’s as simple as that.”

Catrin Pugh’s accomplishments are a source of inspiration for anyone facing difficult circumstances, and her message of hope and perseverance is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit.


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She's such a incredibly courageous and extraordinary woman. I wish her continued success in all she chooses to experience.


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