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In 1993, Stephanie was brutally attacked, raped and stabbed repeatedly in the face. Miraculously, she lived through the horrific attack and joins The Doctors to share her touching survival story.
“I have scars covering my whole body. These scars are a constant reminder of what happened to me physically and mentally,” Stephanie, whose face was left disfigured and swollen since the attack, says.
Stephanie meets with facial plastic surgeon Dr. David Alessi in hopes of repairing some of the damage to her face. The surgeon and his wife Deborah Alessi founded the non-profit organization Face Forward, which offers pro-bono work to victims of domestic violence.
Through a series of complicated surgeries and procedures, Dr. Alessi has Stephanie saying, “I feel great. I feel like a catalyst ready to take over the world… I wanted to be more than just a survivor, I wanted to be a thriver and be able to shake things and move things in the earth,” in the video below.
The Doctors remind the audience of the chilling and horrific statistic that every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in America. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.