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Deranged Husband Sets Wife On Fire. 7 Years Later, She Looks Very Different

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Audrey Mabrey is a survivor. Seven years after a horrific attack, Mabrey is undoubtedly an inspiration to anyone who has ever had to overcome any obstacle.

In 2009, Mabrey’s husband, Christopher Hanney, hit her on the head with a hammer, doused her with gasoline, and set her on fire. Over 80 percent of her body was burned.

Hanney was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, plus 60 years. Today, Mabrey has become a domestic-violence advocate, speaking up and helping those in abusive relationships.

The accident put Mabrey in a coma for six weeks. When she woke up, she didn’t recognize herself.

“What I saw in my reflection was Freddy Krueger.

To be quite frank, the way God had designed me to look — I was never going to look that way again,” she told WFLA. “At that same moment I said to myself, he robbed me physically, he’s not going to rob me emotionally or mentally.”

Mabrey made the choice to fight for her life, her dignity, and her courageous spirit.

“I’m seven years out. I’m still going through surgeries and I still have to work my way around the sun: I still can never sweat where I’ve been burned, so I overheat. There’s things from that injury that I’ll carry forever,” she said.

This year, Mabrey appeared on The Doctors, where she received both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to resolve some of her physical complications. The results are night and day thanks to Face Forward, a non-profit that provides corrective surgery for victims of violence.

See Mabrey’s stunning transformation and incredible spirit below, and please SHARE with your family and friends on Facebook!

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence hotline toll free at 1-800-799-Safe.

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