Horrific burns victim Dana Vulin has revealed the heartbreaking moment she saw her injuries for the first time, collapsing with shock as her family showed her photos of her ravaged body.
The Perth woman recalled how after waking from a coma she had to confront the shattering reality that "the Dana on the outside was gone".
"I grabbed on to my knees and collapsed on the floor," she tells Sunday Night in an exclusive interview on Channel 7 to be aired tomorrow.
"I was broken. I wasn't going to be a miracle case … I had to accept at that point that I wasn't going to ever look like what I used to.
"I was shattered. My soul was broken. I could feel it pouring out, everything."
Yesterday, Natalie Dimitrovska was jailed for 17 years - just three years less than the maximum - for setting Ms Vulin alight in a jealous paranoid rage over her husband seeing the pretty blonde.
Alone at home, Ms Vulin was confronted by Dimitrovska and a male friend. The drug-affected mother of one doused Ms Vulin in flammable liquid after she grabbed a burning spirits lamp from Dimitrovska and demanded she leave.
Ms Vulin's upper body erupted into a fireball, with flames so hot they left full-thickness burns on her bare arms.
"I cupped my hands on my face and started screaming and the moment I was on fire, they laughed … They watched me burn, laughed and ran out of my apartment," Ms Vulin told Channel 7.
She had burns to more than 60 per cent of her body and attended her attacker's District Court trial in a burns mask and suit.
Despite facing a lifetime of scars and surgery, Ms Vulin said she did not hate her attacker. "People say you must hate her, but I don't hate her because to hate anyone means you have to give them so much time and energy and you are consumed," Ms Vulin said.
"She is not a thought to me. She is just a nothing.
"She hasn't won because it hasn't affected me mentally but she has ruined my face, she has ruined my appearance and that was a huge thing for her."
Ms Vulin revealed to The Weekend West that she would apply for criminal injuries compensation.
But her lawyer Shash Nigam said Ms Vulin's medical expenses alone would exceed the maximum $75,000 compensation without taking into account economic loss and damages.
Though Ms Vulin had spent convictions for possessing a small amount of drugs and a Taser, Mr Nigam said it would not preclude her from applying for criminal injuries compensation.
It was up to the assessor, but Mr Nigam believed spent convictions should not affect a payout.