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Home Invader Stabs Mom Of 3, Disfiguring Her Face. Then, Doctors Transform Her Completely

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.

Stephanie Schurman is a mother of three from Griffin, Georgia. About 23 years ago, she was brutally attacked by a home intruder.

The maniac sexually assaulted her and stabbed her in the face, stomach, and neck multiple times.

In order to survive, Stephanie pretended to be dead so the intruder would stop.

“It was hard. It was a very traumatic time,” Stephanie said. “But I’ve always been a fighter. I wasn’t going to let it stop me.”

The brutal attack left Stephanie’s face disfigured. Each time the mother looked in the mirror, she relived the horrors of that nightmare. To ease the unshakable pain, the panel of The Doctors teamed up with Face Forward, a nonprofit organization that provides victims of violent crimes with reconstructive surgery.

The team of plastic surgeons worked together to reduce the size of her left cheek, swollen with tumors and scar tissue.

“I was so happy, I wanted to do a flip,” she said. “Can you imagine me doing a backflip?”

Dr. David Alessi removed many of the tumors to reduce the size of her cheek, and he smoothed the scars on her body using laser technology. Stephanie will need ongoing sessions with the doctor. Right now, though, she is just happy she has her smile back.

“I wasn’t able to smile in years. Now, because he did this surgery, I’m able to smile. I feel like I’m ready to tackle the whole world,” Stephanie said.

The mother of three feels confident enough to come forward and use her voice to help other victims of violence get through their difficult experiences.

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