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India's Story

India Gale survived 40% burns to her body after her dress caught fire when she was just three years old.

I want to be seen for my achievements, for my values and for my personality and not something as superficial as my skin. That’s why I think the work the Scar Free does is so incredibly important, because they are fighting for a vision of scar free world.

Where these things don’t have to haunt us our whole lives.

Where we don’t have to carry this weight our whole lives.

I have decided to tell you my story in the video above, I wanted to tell you my journey in my own words with my own video.

A scar is something that happened in the past, yet you still have to take it with you forever. It’s a constant reminder of something you don’t want to be reminded of. I don’t think it needs to be. If a scar could be something in the past, and nothing else, that would make a huge difference. If there’s anything I can do to help someone who’s going through what I went through, I’ll do it. But more than that, I like the idea that someone else might not have to go through it at all. I think that’s an amazing ambition.

I was left with 40% burns to my body after my dress caught fire when I was just three years old, leaving me with scars to my thighs, stomach, arms, neck and face. I spent months in hospital after the accident and had to endure numerous operations since because, as what a lot of people don’t realise, as I grow, my damaged skin tissue doesn’t grow with me.

I support the Scar Free Foundation as I believe that the incredible research will help people not have to deal with the psychological and physical effects of scarring. Research like this is important because I think scars make a huge impact on people's lives. It isn't just physical but it disrupts schooling and work and there's a huge emotional impact as well.

I am always going to have to get past the barrier that people only see my scars. You have to prove you're like anybody else. It makes things a little bit harder when you're meeting new people.

However, I am now studying law at Bristol University and want those that do have scarring like me to know that we can make our dreams come true.

Scar Free healing is something I would really love to see. The idea that no one will have to deal with this kind of thing again really is amazing.

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