Burns survivor set alight by jealous woman opens up about horrific ordeal

A burns survivor, who was set alight by a jealous woman who wrongly accused her of sleeping with her husband, has opened up about the horrific ordeal and how she made the "decision to live."

 

Dana Vulin, 31, from Perth, suffered third degree burns to 64 per cent of her body when she was doused in methylated spirits and set on fire by Natalie Dimitrovska in February 2012.

Dimitrovska and her friend, Daniel Stone, attacked Ms Vulin after becoming jealous that she had spoken to her estranged husband at a party, and thought he was at her house.

Ms Vulin said she harbours no anger towards her attacker, but instead believes "success is the best form of revenge."

Dana Vulin, 31, from Perth, suffered third degree burns to 64 per cent of her body. Photo: Morning Show

"[Hate] is toxic on the body, the mind and the soul," she told The Morning Show. "I don't have any anger because I just focus on my recovery.

"But if you ask my friends and family, it's another story."

The Perth woman has released a book, Worth Fighting For, detailing her journey to recovery and said she held nothing back when writing it.

"It's raw, it's crude, it's funny, it's a bit embarrassing - that's life isn't it?" she said. "There were things that I didn't have to put in there, but I chose to. I definitely addressed all the elephants in the room."

Ms Vulin said she harbours no anger towards her attacker. Photo: Sunday Night

The Perth woman said she lost most of her 20s to recovery. Photo: Sunday Night

Ms Vulin was doused in methylated spirits and set alight. Photo: Sunday Night

Ms Vulin said she is campaigning for new laws to deal specifically with offenders that set fire to their victims.

"We've seen the one punch law come in and I think a deterrent is definitely necessary. I also think life for life," she said.

Dimitrovska was sentenced to 17 years' jail and will be eligible for parole in 2027.

Natalie Dimitrovska was sentenced to 17 years' jail. Photo: 7 News

Ms Vulin said she wants specific laws introduced to deal with offenders who burn their victims. Photo: Sunday Night

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